Esau the Chimp #120 Tommy Cheng Painting
U.S.A, c. 1994
48 x 24 in (122 x 61 cm)
Painting of a chimpanzee in a formal suit, sitting in a chair cross-legged, amusingly human-like. On the back of the painting, Tommy Cheng provides context for this character, stating his is from the "Evolution of Man Exhibit 1901 Pan American Expo." Nowadays, the Pan-American Exposition is best known for being the site of President McKinley's assassination.
Tommy Cheng is a contemporary outsider and folk artist who lives and paints in Washington Heights. His unique style of portraiture has attracted gallery shows in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Paris. Cheng's portraits are inspired by pop culture and celebrities. With its wide open eyes, deceivingly expressive faces, and modernly flat construction a Cheng portrait is instantly identifiable.
Artist: Tommy Cheng
Material: Acrylic on plywood