Highgate life-drawing teacher makes Chinese artist Liu Bolin disappear

Artist Tnja Hassel was selected to paint fellow artist Liu Bolin into the background at a Saatchi ga

Artist Tnja Hassel was selected to paint fellow artist Liu Bolin into the background at a Saatchi gallery exhibition. Picture: T Hassel - Credit: Archant

A Highgate life drawing teacher has been selected to take part in a live art performance exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

Tanja Hassel, from Southwood Avenue, was phoned out of the blue by agents working with Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin.

Mr Liu admired Ms Hassel’s colourful paintings so much he invited her to blend him into a background by painting his clothes and body at the Saatchi Gallery’s START 2017 art fair.

“When I found out I had been picked, I thought I would burst with excitement. I am hopeful this opportunity will help me to grow as an artist,” Ms Hassel, 33, said.

The artist began the first of five live performances in front of VIP guests yesterday.


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Ms Hassel, who teaches life drawing at Facebook’s Euston Road HQ, also runs a drawing group at The Boogaloo pub in Archway Road.

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