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Chen Yongle is a leading artist of what is today called the Yunnan Art School. He is among the few contemporary Chinese printmakers who can claim a series of international exhibitions. The artist works in the technique of reduction woodblock prints - printed with thick oil-based colors. Chen Yongle's works remind in technique and style of Hao Ping, another Yunnan Art School representative. Friends of Hao Ping will like Chen Yongle - and vice versa.
Chen Yongle works in the technique of the reduction woodblock print. This technique uses only one woodblock to print all colors. At the end of the creation process a new edition is not possible because the states of the foregoing steps were destroyed. Yongle uses oil based inks which he applies opulent. It makes the paper surface look like a relief or oil painting. Chen Yongle's editions are from 50 to 100 copies - signed and numbered by the artist. Most prints are not dated. And most are large to very large in format with the exception of a few smaller ones. The prints vary in prices according to their sizes. The artist seems to prefer the portrait format.
Chen Yongle's woodblock prints remind the viewer remotely of the works by Hao Ping. The application of thick oil-based colors, the use of flat areas and the common subject of showing the life of ethnic minorities are common bonds. Both artists are top representative of the Yunnan Art School - a term to describe a certain printmaking style that developed since the early 1980s in the South-Eastern province of Yunnan.
The main theme of Yongle's art is the depiction of women from the ethnic minorities that live mainly in Southern Yunnan where China's neighbors Laos, Vietnam and Birma are not far away and where the climate is subtropical. Chen Yongle's women are depicted as a system of elegant forms and lines. Ornamental patterns dominate the arrangement of space and composition. The subjects look so poetic, almost mystic, although the basic design is simple.
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