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Artist whose career is toast

07-25-2011 14:04 BJT

BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhuanet) -- His moniker might imply a connection with one of the 20th century's greatest artists, but the "Picasso of toast" Maurice Bennett uses a very different canvas to that of the Catalan-born genius.

Maurice Bennett in the process of creating the portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Photo: Jiang Zhuo'er. (Photo:

Bennett, now in his 60s, works solely in the medium of grilled bread and even has the title "The Toastman" on his business card.

Born in Paeroa, New Zealand, Bennett is in Shanghai for the second time for a week starting from July 19, after his first trip five years ago.

On this occasion he came to make a new piece, a portrait of the American film star Marilyn Monroe to be created and displayed inside the shopping mall Xintiandi Style, located in Xintiandi.

"I'm used to finishing my works of art alone in my studio without any audience!" Bennett told the Global Times.

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