Chinese brush calligraphy and ink painting (sumi-e) in Brighton, UK
This is an original Chinese calligraphy and painting, or sumi-e art in another word of ink orchid flower. Hand wrote and painted on 80% treated Xuan paper in freshly ground natural ink.
Signed, dated and stamped with 4 stone seals carved by myself. One bears my surname in Yin style, one is my given name in Yang style. Other two are "ink fun" & "meditation".
In Running Xingshu script, with freshly ground ink from Chinese ink stick.
Lantingji Xu 蘭亭集序，or Orchid Pavilion Preface
"Looking up, I see the immensity of the cosmos; bowing my head, I look at the multitude of the world. The gaze flies, the heart expands, the joy indeed, this is true happiness. 仰觀宇宙之大，俯察品類之盛。所以遊目騁懷，足以極視聽之娛，信可樂也。"
“The future generations will look upon us, just like we look upon our past. 後之視今，亦由（猶）今之視昔，悲夫！”
This is originally created by well-know master Wang Xizhi 王羲之，East Jin Dynasty about 1800 years ago.
The original Lantingji Xu was written in the running (or semi-cursive) style on a cocoon paper with a weasel-whisker brush. It consists of 324 characters in 28 columns. The script of the Lantingji Xu was often celebrated as the high point of the running style in the history of Chinese calligraphy. The improvisational work demonstrated Wang’s extraordinary calligraphy skill with the elegant and fluent strokes in a coherent spirit throughout the entire preface. The character Zhi (“之”) also appeared 20 times but was never repeated to be the same.
Not only the aesthetic form of the manuscript is highly appreciated but also the transcendent sentiments expressed in the preface about life and death is a timeless classic. The preface starts off with a delightful description of the pleasant surroundings and the joyful ceremony, but carries on to reveal melancholy feelings towards how the transient delights brought by the vast universe would soon turn into retrospection. Wang reckoned the same emotion would be shared by the ancestors and his future generations even though the world and circumstances would be different. The scholars, who study Wang, refer to his ideology expressed in the preface as a fusion of the Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.
It is worth read more here if you are interested.
Every single Chinese calligraphy artist have done their version of this masterpiece of calligraphy art.
Mine is different as I have added an ink painting of orchid flower:-) ✨
This is NOT a print or a reproduction, this is my original artwork. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this.
✨A perfect for someone loves Chinese art or a big present such as wedding gift or big anniversary gift for someone's big house! ❤️
Calligraphy and painting area 350mm x 1000mm
Framed in wooden frame. So you can just hang it straight on the wall and enjoy the beautiful art!
Dimension after framed: 400mm x 1050mm
Packaging: the artwork will be sent in a big box or protective cardboard.
Delivery: free in the UK. Please allow 5-7 days. Please email email@example.com to ask about shipping costs for international delivery.
Gift options: if you are sending the artwork to someone else as a gift, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know. I will wrap it beautifully before dispatch.