For Engels, the interview “seemed the perfect opportunity to have Richard Branson pose for me.” de Wouters, he continues, “easily kept Richard Branson smiling for a couple of hours, which was just enough [time] for me to finish the painting.”
The painting in question, a close-up of Branson with the Antwerp skyline in the background, was done on a large canvas in Engels’ distinct visual style of sepia tones and pallet knife-applied paint. This Wednesday, June 20th, the piece will be auctioned off at Antwerp’s Bernaerts Auctioneers, with all proceeds going to the not-for-profit organization Virgin Unite. Considering the philanthropic aim of the auction and the fact that the painting is signed by Branson himself, insiders have estimated that the piece will fetch a higher price than that of Engels’ recent portrait of ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates, which sold for €45,000.
More information on Peter Engels and his artwork can be found at www.peterengels.eu; for more on the auction, which commences at 8pm (Antwerp time) this Wednesday, June 20th, visit www.bernaerts.be. Bids are also being accepted online.