Artwork Panel: 31.9cm x 97.1cm ≈ 12½" x 38¼"
Silk/Brocade: 40.5cm x 150.8cm ≈ 16" x 59¼"
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 "Farm Fields, Always Interesting." This translation is more direct. The real meaning is more like "Everyday fun at the ranch" or "There's always something interesting to do at the farm." Also written on the painting is an indication of the year painted (2011) and the artist's signature.
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.
This item was listed or modified
Sep 30th, 2016
Gary's random little things about China:
If you are from my generation, you may remember the video game called "Frogger". It involved crossing a busy road while narrowly dodging cars and truck, often both in front of and behind you at the same time.
Well you can play real live Frogger every time you cross the street in China. It is perfectly normal to cross a four or six-lane road, one lane at a time. You stand motionless on the white, dashed line between lanes as cars and trucks whiz by you on both sides with only inches to spare. When the next lane is clear, you advance (there is no retreat in this game, that could get you killed, since drivers in China would never expect that).
If you did this in America, drivers would come to a screeching halt and think you were crazy (they might even tell you so, using colorful words and hand gestures). It is simply a different culture, or rather a different way of doing things in modern Chinese culture.