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This article contains some updated information Li Yanpeng, a leading Chinese woodblock printmaker.
When we received 14 prints by Li Yanpeng in autumn 2004 from our Chinese partner, we at artelino were both excited and a bit desperate at the same time. Images of goats, donkeys and Chinese farmers in a barren landscape for reserves of mostly USD 480! We have been impressed by these images from the very moment when we had them in our hands. They were somehow fascinating and Li Yanpeng's skill and mastership to produce such images in the technique of reduction woodblock prints can only be called superb. But who of our clients in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia would ever bid on prints by a Chinese artist for such prices and with these subjects that are by all experience "no-sellers"?
Fortunately our clients were smarter than we. We sold 10 of the 14 prints. Some prints even got counterbids. An unexpected success!
Then in late 2004, we learned that a print by Li Yanpeng of the kind that we had offered, had been hammered at "Guardian", a larger real-world auction house in Guangzhou city in China, for the equivalent of USD 998.
At the beginning of 2005 a book exclusively devoted to Li Yanpeng's graphic works was published in China under ISBN 7-5434-5448-3. Its title is "Collection of Li Yanpeng" and it was published by "Education Publishing Company of Hebei". However it is all written in Chinese only! The book has an introductory text of 4 pages with images of earlier art prints by the artist in very different style. Then come ca. 50 pages with images of prints by the artist in full color. The images are all from Li Yanpeng's reduction woodblock prints with scenes from the Chinese Loess Plateau - his "goats and donkeys" prints.
In the months ahead we will try to publish at least a few excerpts from the book on our web site.
We received several copies of the book from China and sent one copy to each successful bidder of our Li Yanpeng auction of October 2004. We will get more copies, so that every winner in auction # 163 will receive the book from us.
This is our second auction of woodblock prints by Li Yanpeng. It will offer 18 prints. We want to point out that these prints are rare and hard to get. It took our Chinese partner some considerable effort to make this auction possible. They did it because they are very convinced and serious about the high artistic standard of contemporary Chinese prints. And they want the world outside China to know it.
The following articles give you some information about the artist and his graphic works. We liked the one best, in which Li Yanpeng describes in his own words (edited by artelino) his experience with the technique of the reduction woodblock print.
Dieter and Yorie in February 2005
January 2006: We did it again. We could receive another shipment of prints by Li Yanpeng - 14 prints altogether which we will offer in auction # 255, starting January 29, 2006. We want to use the opportunity to give you some more information about Li Yanpeng prints and for this auction # 255..
First of all we want to point out that Li Yanpeng is among our very favorite, favorite artists. If you like Chinese prints, we strongly advise to take - depending on your budget of course - one or more prints by this marvelous artist into your portfolio. Li Yanpeng has by now become a kind of institutional icon in the Chinese art market. His goats and sheep and cows from the Loess plateau will for ever remain a part of the printmaking art history of modern China.A few technical tips: Most of the Li Yanpeng works are printed on a very thick and heavy paper. It is not recommendable to roll prints on this heavy paper. We therefore will ship - unless otherwise indicated - all prints from this consignment in a very large, flat and therefore expensive packing.
In 2005 we and our Chinese partner had to learn our lessons with a series of quality issues. We had received several poorly packed shipments from China with the consequence of more or less creased margins and corners. We have a better handle on that now. The Li Yanpeng prints arrived undamaged. Neverthless we do not rate them as mint. Chinese prints are by nature not comparable to the condition of top contemporary Western or Japanese prints. The quality of the paper used cannot compete with for instance Japanese handmade washi or French Rives-BK paper.
The other quality issue were the photographs. Those usually huge chinese prints - Li Yanpeng is no exception from that - are hard to photograph. We therefore had used stock images in the past. We finally realized that this was not such a good idea and now do take individual photographs of each individual print copy. To offer you the best in quality terms of our service, we invested several thousand EURO in two of the latest top digital cameras and - more important in studio equipment and accessories that allow good images - meaning photographs that show you as much as possible what you will get.
Dieter and Yorie in January 2006
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