Artwork Panel: 31.8cm x 31.8cm ≈ 12½" x 12½"
Silk/Brocade Border: 41.2cm x 41.2cm ≈ 16¼" x 16¼"
Chinese Calligraphy Portrait
This Chinese character is "wu" (it's "bu" in Japanese, with the same meaning) which means warrior spirit or military, and it closely identified with Kung Fu (Gong Fu).
In fact, many will argue that a word made by combining "wu" with the character "shu" means Kung Fu. You may have heard of "wu shu" competitions.
If you go to your Chinese/English dictionary, "wu shu" is usually translated as "martial arts".
If you are looking for a gift for a friend who practices Kung Fu, this is it.
I have also seen this character painted on the walls of Kung Fu studios around the world, so if you practice Kung Fu, this can also make a great gift of honor to your master.
The calligraphy was done using black Chinese ink on xuan paper (known incorrectly in the west as "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to our Wall Scroll Workshop where it was laminated to more sheets of xuan paper, and built into a beautiful portrait with silk brocade border.
This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing. He's an older gentleman who has been involved with the art community of China, all of his life. Now in retirement, he creates calligraphy for us for sort of "hobby income".