ANTWERP, Belgium, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - What better moment for celebrity
portrait painter Peter Engels to have business tycoon Richard Branson
model for him than during a two and a half hour interview?
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Artist Peter Engels: "The event organised by the Antwerp diamond community, with the support
of Flanders DC seemed the perfect opportunity to have Richard Branson
pose for me. Charming lady Marlène de Wouters interviewed him, but most
of all, she easily kept Richard Branson smiling for a couple of hours,
which was just enough for me to finish the painting."
For artist Peter Engels this was a challenge knowing that it usually
takes him three or four weeks to finish one painting. In front of an
international audience of journalists, politicians, students and
entrepreneurs, portrait master Peter Engels painted Richard Branson's
close-up portrait on a large canvas (100x200cm) in his typical style of
sepia tones and with the pallet knife. In the background we see the
Antwerp skyline by night.
The painting was signed by Richard Branson himself, making this piece of
art an even more desirable collector's item to be auctioned on
Wednesday 20 June at Bernaerts Auctioneers, Antwerp. The full proceeds
will go to Virgin Unite, Virgin's not for profit foundation.
With Branson's signature and the proceeds going to Virgin Unite,
insiders believe that the price of this masterpiece is bound to top
Peter Engels' recent portrait of ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates,
which reached 45,000 euros. But as Richard Branson says: "Have fun, do good and the money will come."
Artist Peter Engels paints many celebrities and his biggest problem is
getting them to pose for him. His Nelson Mandela portrait adorned
Reuters' largest billboard of the world on Times Square on Mandela's
birthday. When Peter Engels painted Grace Kelly, Prince Albert of
Monaco bought the portrait. Peter Engels met and painted fashion icon
Karl Lagerfeld and Roger Moore. He also painted visionary Steve Jobs,
President Barack Obama, actor Sean Connery, golf legend Tiger Woods,
Enzo Ferrari, Sheikh Khalifa, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pavarotti and
many more. The conspicuous Vintage Portraits of Peter Engels are
gleaming; they show emotion and tell life stories.
Art Auction: Wednesday 20 June 8PM (Antwerp time)
48 hours prior to online/telephone bidding
Online bidding starts 6 June
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