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Print - Shui


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    China (printed)

  • Date:

    2006 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chen Qi (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-based woodblock printing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Water is a time-honoured image in Chinese art and philosophy, but is rarely the main subject of Chinese works of art.Images of water pervade ancient Chinese culture. Water symbolises simplicity, memory and human virtues. In this large woodblock, Chen Qi departs from convention by devoting the entire artwork to the theme of water, and the work becomes a piece of abstract contemplation.This woodblock print invites the viewer to contemplate the abstract qualities of water. A print of such large scale, with even and perfect tonal effects, represents a high level of technical accomplishment.

Physical description

Large woodblock print in the form of a stylised surface of water.

Place of Origin

China (printed)


2006 (printed)


Chen Qi (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Water-based woodblock printing


Height: 180 cm, Length: 300 cm

Descriptive line

'Shui', water-based woodblock print in the form of stylised water surface, by Chen Qi, China, 2006

Subjects depicted





East Asia Collection

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