This is an oil on canvas of Yang Guang and Tian Tian, the giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. This is the third time I have painted them. I was originally commissioned by the Royal Zoological Society Scotland to paint the pandas as a thank you gift for the Chinese Government. One painting was given to the Chinese Ambassador and now hangs in the Embassy in London, and the other to the Chinese Consul and hangs in the Consulate in Edinburgh. I was delighted to be invited to attend the reception on the day the pandas arrived and to present the painting.
This painting is currently for sale. I wanted to paint the pandas one last time as I found it extremely challenging to portray them in a painterly style that wasn't cute and cartoony (which they are) or a pastiche of a Chinese style.
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