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A specially commissioned reproduction oil painting on canvas by artist Liu Yingjie. For more information about Yingjie please see the additional information section below.

Interpretation of Henry VIII, c1540 after Hans Holbein the Younger. The original portrait of Henry VIII hangs at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Rome, mistakenly attributed to Holbein. There are actually very few portraits of Henry VIII which can be attributed to Holbein with complete certainty. Those portraits, however, were impressive enough to influence all other artists who painted the King. And so most of Henry VIII's portraits appear Holbein-esque even when they were not actually painted by Holbein. The king faces us directly, one hand clutching a glove and the other resting above a jewelled sword. The rings on his fingers are similar to those in Holbein's portraits as well; the most obvious difference is the colour of his sleeves.

Our artist Liu Yingjie was born in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China in 1971. Yingjie had a particular fondness for painting throughout his childhood. After studying at the Fujian Academy of Fine Arts, Liu regularly participated in National and Provincial art exhibitions winning several awards with his paintings being purchased by Western collectors.

Yingjie has been involved as an artist for more than 20 years and is regarded as a master of colouration, tone and technique. In 1997 his creative painting Homeward was entered into the famous Return Of Hong Kong Youth Oil Painting Exhibition. In 2004 a creative oil painting named Village of Love won an award at the Fujian Art Exhibition. In 2008 Dream Home achieved an award of excellence at the Art Exhibition of National Art and Yingjie also joined the Shenzhen Art Association. In 2009 Yingie became a member of the Beijing Fengtai Fine Art Association and he is now a standing member of the Chinese Fine Arts Association.

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