Chen Li (b. 1971) applies his unique vision and abundant originality to a rare reduction woodblock printing technique perfected in Yunnan.
The technique involves printing all of the colours from a single woodblock. Each step along the way destroys the previous one until the woodblock itself is destroyed.
Only a single edition can be printed this way and the process can never be repeated. The technique uses thick oil-based colours, creating relief-prints with a mesmerising texture.
The artist must commit to a finite amount of prints - usually 20 for Chen Li - from the very first time the very first colour is applied to the woodblock. By the time the second colour is applied, the ability to re-print the first colour is lost. This lends a sense of urgency, commitment and entirety to each work, as there is simply no going back.
Ranging from traditional Chinese landscapes; abstractions, whimsical Buddhas, and fantasy landscapes, Chen Li’s award-winning works are a song of line and colour.
Chen Li’s woodblock prints have won numerous national awards in China. His works have been placed in significant private collections in the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States, inspiring a loyal following.
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