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Artwork Panel: 31.8cm x 97.8cm ≈ 12½" x 38½"
Silk/Brocade: 40.5cm x 151.6cm ≈ 16" x 59¾"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.5cm ≈ 19½"Information about caring for your wall scroll
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
The Chinese title written on this artwork means "Bamboo [the sign of a] Safe and Peaceful [place]". It's better-translated as "Bamboo - Safe and Sound". Also written on the painting is an indication of the year painted (2011) and the artist's signature. Sometimes, the context of this title can mean to send a message home to your loved ones to tell them you are safe in your travels (people used to write such notes on bamboo slips before paper was invented).
This is a simplistic painting style, but it also incorporates a lot of detail. This painting really mimics the style of Chinese artwork that has been around for thousands of years.
The artist used some special "watermark xuan paper" for this artwork, which gives it a very unique look. In Chinese, this is know as "water paper". This name comes from the fact that embedded in the paper is a visual texture that mimics the look of waves of water. You have to see it to understand, but trust me, you'll like it. It gives the artwork a certain antique and classic look.
This artwork is completely hand-painted, and is mounted to a handmade silk wall scroll in our workshop.
The artist's name is (Wang Jian-Qiu). He lives in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong Province in Northern China (about 5 hours south of Beijing). I was introduced to this artist's work at Qin Xia's studio in Jinan. This artist has been a long time friend of Qin Xia (You may recognize Qin Xia's name from artwork in our flowers and birds category). Wang Jian-Qiu also does some great detailed beautiful woman paintings, and occasionally does some landscapes for us as well.
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Apr 28th, 2013
Gary's random little things about China:
You can search long and hard, in every drugstore and sundries market in China, and you will not find underarm deodorant for sale anywhere.
After traveling all over China, I know this to be true everywhere in China except Hong Kong.
If you ask a Chinese person why there is no deodorant for sale, they will tell you plainly, "Chinese people do not smell bad".
My reply is, "Have you never been on a crowded bus in the summer?"