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Large Koi Fish Painting on Antiqued Chinese Paper

Large Koi Fish Painting on Antiqued Chinese Paper
Large Koi Fish Painting on Antiqued Chinese Paper
See how "Large Koi Fish Painting on Antiqued Chinese Paper" would look after being professionally framed

For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.

A frame is not included with this artwork!

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Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 66.9cm x 68cm  ≈  26¼" x 26¾"

Silk/Brocade Border: 76.9cm x 78cm  ≈  30¼" x 30¾"

Information about how this Asian painting is mounted

This is the last one of this series. This artist recently retired from producing artwork (he still teaches a little). There will be no more after this one.

Eight Koi Fish - Large Antique-Style Painting

This is a very large portrait depicting a group of koi fish as they circle and swim in every direction.

This particular painting was done on special antiqued xuan paper. This handmade paper was stained in a semi-uniform manner with Chinese tea. You may see some slight color variations and artifacts (husks, specks, and fibers) from the handmade paper process. These are all natural parts of this kind of artwork. In fact, this is what a 200-year-old painting might look like, using all of the "old school" techniques to make the material (for hundreds of years, Chinese artists have tea-stained their paper to get a nice natural tan color). Of course, this painting was made earlier this year.

The artist of these cool freestyle koi fish paintings and I

The artist is such a cool old Chinese man. He is 62 years old, but has the heart of a teenager. I always have a good time when I visit his studio. He gets as excited as I do when he is showing me a new piece that he has just finished. Then he tries to teach me how to paint (a futile effort). I always wish him long life and happiness when I leave. I really hope he lives forever, the world needs more people like Mr. Yu
(The not-so-Chinese-looking guy in this picture is me)

These fish are associated strongly with both Japanese and Chinese cultures. Beautiful garden parks in the cities around China are often graced with a pond full of these fish throughout the year. They are a very strong fish as they can be seen swimming slowly under thick sheets of ice in lakes during the brutal Winter of northern China.

Also, in Mandarin Chinese, "fish" is pronounced "Yu" which is the same pronunciation as the word meaning "wealth" or "being rich". So many Chinese people believe that having a painting of fish in your home will bring you wealth and riches.

Materials used are special black and red Chinese ink on rice paper. The painting has been mounted with a thicker rice paper backing and silk matting/border.

The artist's name is "Yu Gong-Quan" but his pen name is "Mao Zhi".

Yu Gong-Quan was born in Shanghai in 1941.

He studied art for many years in Anhui Province. After perfecting his skills he started his career as an artist.

For the last 30 years of his life, he has continued to develop his unique style.

He is currently a professor of art at an institute in Beijing, China.

This painting includes a silk matting/border, but not a frame.
I recommend professional framing for the best presentation of this artwork.

This item was listed or modified
Jun 11th, 2010

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Wanna buy a goldfish?

Do it South-China-style from the back of a tricycle...

Select a Goldfish

This little Chinese girl found a gold fish she likes, as the seller fills bag of water for her selection.

I travel all over China, and often see interesting things. Of course, some of these things are part normal everyday life in China's eastern culture, but might be very different from what you'll see in western cultures.

If you want to buy a goldfish or baby koi fish in Nanjing, this is where you will end up.

Of course, in China, you can buy a lot of things from the back of big tricycles. Everything from fruits and vegetables to cakes, candy, and even heating coal.

These tricycles are actually totally mobile stores, and can be found on different street corners every day.

I think it's brilliant, because once you've sold your goods to everyone in a neighborhood, you simply pedal your tricycle a few blocks away, and see how sales go there.

Selling gold fish and baby koi fish

This tricycle retailer is selling goldfish and baby koi fish on the streets of China.

Of course, many of these entrepreneurs are not actually licensed businesses in China. So when the police come by, the tricycle retailer becomes a tricycle transporter, and zips down the street looking for a police-free area.

In Nanjing, all of these tricycle-goldfish-retailers seem to wear the same uniform, of a black leather jacket, black slacks and running shoes.

Proof of this can be seen in these two pictures. These are two completely different goldfish sellers, but they are both donning the same outfit.

One of the sellers told me that he offers a "one-week-no-die" guarantee. It seems like a good policy to me, except for the fact that in a week, you'd have to search pretty hard to find next week's street corner location.

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Typical Gallery Price: $200.00