LI ZHONG-XIANG - 'In remembrance of a Forest'
Unique Work by this Contemporary Chinese Master (born 1940)
Guache, Ink and Watercolour on Paper. Red Sealed by the Artist (upper left) and inscribed in Chinese characters "An unspoilt World - In remembrance of a Forest - Li Zhong Xiang painted this in the Summer of 1997"
Measurements: 69,7 x 47cm (approx 27.5 x 18.5 inches) – Very Good Condition.
LITERATURE: The Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Artists, Harvard University 1987; The Yearbook of Chinese Fine Arts (1949-1989); Li Zhongxiang Woodcut Collection -Sichuan Fine Art Publishing House, 1990; Li Zhongxiang Woodcut Pictures (1990-1994) - Yunnan Fine Art Publishing House, 1994; First Beijing International Art Biennale, 2003.
Professor Li Zhong Xiang, born in Chongqing in November of 1940, is President of Yunnan Painting Academy, Director of Chinese Artists Union and Chairman of Chinese Woodcut Association. He was for many years a senior member the adjudication committee of the National Fine Art Exhibition (woodcut) and the adjudicator (Yunnan) of the National Fine Art Exhibition.
As one of the foremost Chinese artists of his generation, his works has been shown in national and international fine art exhibitions and he won the golden prize for contribution in the field of woodcut, gaining the" Lu Xun Woodcut Prize" offered by Chinese Woodcut Painting Artists Union. His pictures are in public collections at museums such as the Art Museum, Tianjin Art Museum, Jiangsu Art Museum, Boston Art Museum in the U.S.A., Art Museum of Howard University and the Museum of Willis University, Victoria Fine Art Museum in Canada, Heada Museum, the Government of Victoria in Australia, Pelujia Fine Art College in Italy and Xiangshengtin Fine Art Museum in Japan.
Contemporary Chinese artists from the Southern province of Yunnan have acquired great fame as a flourishing art center, especially for modern art prints. Exhibitions have been held outside China and western art critics and museum curators are now well conversant with of the "Yunnan Art School". As one of the leading expert of this ancient art, Li Zhong Xiang's favourite media is the woodcut. The printing technique used by him is wet water printing, a specifically Chinese method that produces watercolor-like image. Favorite motifs of the artist are mountains and its inhabitants. In Yunnan with mountains as high as 6,000 meters - one of them has never been conquered by man yet, he finds the perfect environment for his inspirations. Another favourite scenery is the subtropical area in Southern Yunnan along the Mekong river. His images take us to a perfect and intact environment where one can observe cultures whose layers go back thousands of years.
In remembrance of a Forest was created at the closing of his exhibition in Perugia at the 'Sala del Caminetto of the Rocca Paolina' in the Summer of 1997. As the artist recalled in his inscription 'An unspoilt World' is a true portrayal of the artist's spirit as well as his ode to his wonderful land.