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Sunshine on the Clock Tower by Li Jin Ming  

Sunshine on the Clock Tower, oil painting by Jin Ming Li (2007) 大钟楼的阳光 布面油画

This building, the old Customs House, is a landmark on the Zhujaing River, in Guangzhou, just off Shamian Island.  The buildings in this area have Western architecture because, back a hundred years or so ago, Western traders were confined to live there.  In fact, this building was designed by an American architect, and all of the materials to make the building were imported from the U.S. Today it is the Customs Museum opened once a week, on Wednesdays, limited to 800 visitors. 

In this abstract expressionist painting of the building, Li wanted it lit up in bright sunlight and show the sunlight burst into its entire spectrum from red to violet.

To see more of the works by Jin Ming Lee (Li Jin Ming), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please visit the Jin Ming Lee Pages.
  $1,100   20x25cm  
Qing Ming Shang He Tu: hand-embroidered landscape 200. Qing Ming Shang He Tu (All Souls Day in Beijing): hand embroidered landscape - scrolled

Although we also offer this embroidered scene in small and large framed versions, this  scrolled rendition is far more exquisite.  If you have not seen the others on another page of the catalogue, this is an embroidered reproduction of the center section of a very famous Chinese scene, originally done in pen and ink by Zhang Ze Duan, in the Song Dynasty (969 - 1279 A.D.).  It is a depiction of the celebration of the Chinese version of all souls day ( the writing, in Black Chinese characters, along the right side says Qing Ming Shang He Tu; the red characters say master embroidery craftsman), in Beijing.  It's kind of like the Chinese version of Monet crowd scenes with people engaged in all sorts of activities.  The original has almost 700 people plus a variety of animals, and even this abbreviated version has between 100 and 200 people and horses, pigs and a bird.  It focuses on activities by the river with an arched bridge, and boats in the water; all of the townspeople are out for the celebration.  

This scrolled embroidered version is made even more special by a number of extra details.  First, it is presented in a background of linen with detailed repeated flourished designs covering it.  The embroidered picture is done on a golden silk background in high detail by a master embroiderer (the highest level) who has recently died, so there will be no future works by him.  The silk picture is, then, "inlaid" in the linen "framing".  In fact, the details of this work make it appear truly three-dimensional.  We, actually, had a difficult time getting the owner to part with it.  We have always liked this theme and we have seen it done by a number of artists, in the embroidered form, but this one is a true masterpiece by a master of the Xiangxiu (Xiang Xiu) style of Chinese embroidery art.  It comes in a satin-lined box, scrolled; the dimensions of the scroll are 149.5 x 35.5 cm.  You can hang it like scrolled Chinese art is usually hung, or you can have it framed matted and mounted under glass, yourself (shipped minus the glass).

To see more of the Xiangxiu embroidery art, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, online, please visit the Xiangxiu Embroidery Page.
  $1,000   150x36cm
Still life no. 3, painting by Tang Hai Guo   Still Life no. 3, original oil painting on canvas by Tang Hai Guo (2012)   $2,400   100x100cm  
Xiangxiu hand embroidery 144d.  Watercolor - Xiangxiu Hand Embroidery, Hunan, China    $250    46x39 cm   
Gazing, painting by Tang Haiguo 772. Gazing, original oil painting by Tang Hai Guo

This one is done in Tang's more abstract style with larger and minimalist brushstrokes.  The colors are also bright and cheerful.

To see more of the art of Tang Hai Guo, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, on-line, please visit the Tang Hai Guo Page.
  $1,700   80x60cm  
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