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Typical Gallery Price: $120.00



Birds and Chinese Bamboo Wall Scroll

Birds and Chinese Bamboo Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 32cm x 113.8cm  ≈  12½" x 44¾"

Silk/Brocade: 41.5cm x 170.1cm  ≈  16¼" x 67"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 50.5cm  ≈  19¾"

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Birds and Chinese Bamboo Wall Scroll close up view

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

This artwork features bamboo with a couple birds flying by. A subtle moon also appears in the background.

The title above is the rough translation of the Chinese written on this artwork, along with the artist's signature. The title is hard to translate, but it suggests if you reach a high level (of power), you must work hard to ensure you stay honest and honorable. The title actually talks of the knots in the bamboo, which represent being honest and honorable.

The artist's name is lǐtiāndé (Li Tian-De)

He's a friend of Mr. Ou-Yang in Guilin. Born in Yangshou City, Guangxi Province in 1970, he quickly found is calling as a professional artist.

Chinese Artist, Li Tian-De

The artist puts the finishing touches on some artwork

Although he told me that he is a very independent person, he feels very patriotic about his country and hometown. I guess that's why he still lives in the town of his birth, and is quick to tell the fact that his is a "hometown artist".

His specialty is deeply colored and vivid bamboo paintings in a style that he calls "fresh nature".

Li Tian-De signs his artwork with just his given name (Tian-De), so if you are looking for his signature on the painting, you'll just find those two characters along with the character for "by" (meaning "painted by") a common way to sign artwork by Chinese artists.

If you are curious, his given name can be translated as "Good Day".
Tian = "Day"
De = "good", "virtue" or "kindness".
I suppose that his parents were commenting on how they felt on the day he was born when they named him.

This is a freehand style painting using green watercolor paint and black Chinese ink on xuan paper (rice paper) mounted to a beautiful handmade silk scroll.

In Southern China, bamboo is very important as it is used to build houses, small bridges, and is even used for day to day things like chopsticks.

Bamboo has a deeper meaning in Chinese culture. Bamboo represents the aspects to a true noble gentleman. Bamboo is straight (honest) and Chinese people also believe that bamboo represents the modesty, strength, and never gives up because it continues to grow taller and taller. All of the traits of a good man.

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Mar 18th, 2013

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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!


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Typical Gallery Price: $120.00