Painting: 43.2cm x 55.2cm ≈ 17" x 21¾"
Silk Scroll: 52.4cm x 111cm ≈ 20½" x 43¾"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 61.4cm ≈ 24¼"Information about caring for your new Wall Scroll
A nice wall scroll that makes a great gift for a cat lover.
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
The title of this artwork means "Cats and Butterfly - Glory of Competition" which is written in Chinese characters.
This is one of a handful of kittens and butterfly paintings that I picked up on a trip to Jinan, in Shandong Province (about five hours by train from my home in Beijing).
After several taxi rides to the wrong place, I find an underground art market in Jinan, full of artists' galleries and studios. There are probably 100 artists in the place, many of them busy at work, painting and creating.
I look at all of their work, and spend several days looking through many paintings.
As I take my time walking around, these paintings really catch my eye. They are higher quality that most and the attention to detail is excellent. I look through all of them and buy what I feel are the best of the bunch. I also know that this style will be very popular, and perhaps I will finally please the dozens of women who have emailed me looking for cats or kittens done in traditional watercolor.
The artist's name is Wang Xia.
She learned to paint from her uncle at a very young age. She perfected her traditional Chinese painting techniques after several years of study and practice. But she felt a calling to do more contemporary art. Torn between the two styles, she combined traditional techniques with contemporary themes.
This has really paid off for her...
Through the years, she has received several awards at national art competitions in China.
One of her "Cats and Butterflies" paintings received an award for excellence at the 1995 International Competition for Arts held in Tokyo, Japan.
Her works were also collected and put on display at the "Famous Artists Exhibition" in honor of the 45th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
This painting has a lot of detail, from whiskers, to the fur. All is done in a time-consuming effort with a very fine brush. It is not a style of painting that can be done quickly, and rather takes several hours to complete one painting.
Please note that this painting is by Wang Xia, but I think she is trying out a new pen name (Wen Hua) which she signed on this painting. I will ask her about that on my next trip.
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May 29th, 2008
Gary's random little things about China:
As the Chinese Government prepares Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, here are some related facts:
More than 200 new hotels are being built in Beijing.
Almost 100 miles of new subway and local transit rail lines are being laid.
Hundreds of miles of new and improved highways are being built.
Almost 100,000 billboard signs have been put up to encourage Chinese people to be friendly to foreigners (and to stop spitting in public).
Beijing taxi drivers have been ordered to learn basic landmark and navigational English.
From the construction associated with the 2008 Olympics, The Three-Gorges Dam project, and other construction in China, there is a worldwide shortage of concrete and steel.
Because of the Para-Olympics, all new subway lines in Beijing are incorporating elevators making Beijing more accessible to disabled people than ever before.
Beijing's skies are usually gray by nature. In years past, on the days when the clouds clear, the sky was brown with pollution.
But in preparations for the Olympics along with a new public enthusiasm for environmental issues, gross-polluting vehicles have been banned by the Chinese Government.
So for the last few years, when the clouds clear over Beijing, blue sky can be seen for the first time in decades.