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100% hand-painted.

Typical Gallery Price: $260.00

$108.88

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Guan Gong Warrior Saint Wall Scroll


Guan Gong Warrior Saint Wall Scroll
193cm
76"
87.6cm
34½"

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 68.6cm x 135.5cm  ≈  27" x 53¼"

Silk/Brocade: 78.6cm x 193cm  ≈  31" x 76"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 87.6cm  ≈  34½"

Information about caring for your wall scroll

Ancient Chinese Warrior Saint Guan Gong

Guan Gong Guan
Gong
Shen
Wei
Guan Gong

A close up view of the
Guan Gong painting from
this wall scroll

This warrior's name is Guan Gong (at least that is what his friends call him). He was born with the name Guan Yu, but he earned the name "Gong" which is used to refer to a most respected person (You could also translate "Gong" as "Duke" in old English).

Much as Confucius is seen in China as the Saint of Philosophy, Guan Gong is known as the Saint of War.

He is known for not only for his status as a great warrior, but also being full of wisdom and knowledge.

He is the essence of what Chinese people call "yong" which means brave, courageous, and not afraid of difficulty.

The smaller Chinese characters include the Chinese name for the year painted (2007) as well as the artist's signature, "Liang Dao".

I originally found this artwork in late 2003 when I visited the artist's home town of Guilin in Southern China in the early Spring. He had just finished several of these large paintings of his favorite warrior.

After buying all that he had back then and promptly selling them, I didn't have a way to contact the artist to get more. Finally, I had a friend (whom happens to be the sister of another artist in Guilin) go and find this artist again for me. Several of these painting arrived in Beijing a couple months later, and have all be mounted to traditional hand-made wall scrolls and I've hand-carried all of them to the USA because they are too large to ship via air mail from China.


Guan Gong

The main photo came out funky.
I was using a new photo light
and experimenting with a new lens.
It made the silk look funky and
distorted the image a bit.
This is another similar scroll...
(better picture so you know
what you are going to get)
The scroll you are buying is straight
and perfect with beautiful gold silk.
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This item was listed or modified
Oct 19th, 2010

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The end of an art-buying adventure...

A Typical art-buying trip lasts for 6 weeks, and covers at least 4000 miles across China. Most of these miles are covered by train. It's not a bad way to go considering that you can go half-way across China for less than $100. On the downside, you can expect to spend about 30 hours straight on that cross-country train.

When I started buying art to sell on the internet, I tried to carry it all back with me. But these days, I buy too much art to do that anymore. Last year I started to ship art back to Beijing as I traveled from city to city, and village to village. Occasionally, I use "train freight", but usually, I stick with "China Post" (The Chinese Postal Service).

Sometimes I worry if the precious artwork will get to Beijing safely, but so far, I have not lost a single package, and the Chinese postal system, while complicated, and full of red-tape, is very reliable.

End of an Asian-art-buying adventure

When I get back to Beijing, I am always exhausted, but happy that the art I bought for my customers has safely arrived as well.

Because the art I buy is just on raw xuan paper (rice paper), it can be rolled up or folded and packed in boxes without damaging it. Once the artwork arrives in Beijing, my business partner, Sandy, and I sort though the art and send a selection of it to be mounted.

In the mounted process, the artwork is flattened out and laminated to several more sheets of rice paper to make it thicker, yet pliable.

If the artwork is going to be a portrait, a nice silk border is added around the edges of the painting.

If we tell the mounter to build a scroll, the process is similar, but with a lot more silk with the addition of a wooden frame and ribbon at the top so that you can hang your scroll, and a scroll roller at the bottom.

The mounted portraits and scrolls take up a lot of space. If I mounted everything that I brought back from a trip at one time, it would probably fill half of a room. So we meter out the artwork to the mounter's studio little by little as we need it, and as we have room on our shelves.

Once we get a new batch of art, Sandy or I go to work taking tons of pictures in our little photo studio. It takes a full day to take 50 new art pictures, adjust them to the right size for our website, and upload the images to our server.

After that, I spend hours, usually with my wife, Cat, to work on translating the titles of the paintings, writing the artists' stories, and maybe writing up an adventure about how I located the various artists.

Meanwhile Sandy works several days a week packing and shipping all of the newly paid orders.

After I am finally happy with the story, the image of the art, and the quality of the art itself, it makes its way onto our website.

A typical piece of art often involves several hours, or even days of work by the artist, several days of hunting for the artist, spending time developing a relationship with the artist (be eating and drinking with them for a few days), up to a 2000 mile journey back to Beijing, and all the work that I mentioned above

It is a labor of love. I once did some math, and realized that for the time I spend, I am making the same as minimum wage in America. But in China, that puts me in "Upper Middle Class".

That, and I am one of the few people that can say that I truly love my job!

Cheers,
-Gary.


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Typical Gallery Price: $260.00

$108.88

SOLD