Gone Fishing for Life - Ancient Chinese Philosophy Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 33cm x 34.5cm  ≈  13" x 13½"

Silk/Brocade: 42cm x 94cm  ≈  16½" x 37"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 51cm  ≈  20"

Gone Fishing for Life - Ancient Chinese Philosophy Wall Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll

Gone Fishing for Life

This picture has a simple title, but the meaning is much deeper.

The large bold black stroke represents your life and the many turns in it.
Life is long but it sometimes may seem like you don't have enough time here.

The act of fishing represents looking for something - such as meaning in your life. Perhaps when you finally catch that fish, then you will understand your purpose and the meaning of your life - or perhaps it will bring more questions for you to answer.

The Chinese characters include the title that I translated into English above along with the artist's signature.

The story and information above was inspired by a long conversation I had with the artist about this piece.

The Materials...

Painted with watercolor and special Chinese ink on handmade xuan paper (rice paper) with gold flecks/flakes. The paper itself is handmade in a process that takes more than a year to complete.

We've been doing some experiments with mounting some of these philosophy art paintings to wall scrolls. I don't know if this will become a regular item or not. This one is mounted with an antique-style two-tone silk cloth combination. This is very much the style you would see in China hundreds of years ago - a very classic style. See: How we make our wall scrolls.

About This Collection of Chinese Philosophy Art

This painting is from the San Yang Collection, a great series of paintings that depict various folklore, stories, and philosophies of Chinese culture.

I have translated the stories of these paintings into English with the personal help of the artist.

The artist and I meet for Chinese tea and discussions of Western and Easter Philosophy

The artist and I meet in her home for Chinese tea
and discussions of Western and Easter Philosophy

This work was done in Beijing, China by Zhang Xiuzhen whose pen name is "San Yang".

She is a rather famous artist in northern China and has been painting since 1958.
Her work has been seen in many international exhibitions around the world over the last decade.

This is known as "free-hand style" painting.
This style of painting is done quickly with broad and powerful strokes. But often with a half-dry brush. This is a very specific technique that this artist has mastered, and many try to copy.