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In August of 2009 we received a 20 minute footage video by Chinese printmaker and painter Zhu Rui. We cut it to a 5 minute video demonstrating how Zhu Rui carves a reduction woodblock print and how he prints a copy. If you should happen to be interested in art prints, and especially in Chinese woodblock prints, you should take a look at the video. It is a gorgeous document how contemporary Chinese woodblock artists work.
Mr. Zhu Rui is a leading Chinese printmaker and painter. He has participated several times in the National Chinese Print Exhibitions. One of his prints is in the collection of the International Olympic Committee. Zhu Rui exhibited outside of China, notably in Japan. His prints, once available for a price of 200 to 300 US dollars, are now more in the price range of 1,000 dollar.
Chinese woodblock printmaking is slightly different from the Japanese woodblock printmaking method. A few years ago a German printmaker, Eva Prietzcker, wrote an article for artelino about the history and technique of Chinese woodblock printmaking This article has a drawing that explains the printing process of the Chinese artists. In the video you see this huge paper cylinder. it is basically the same concoction to print the impressions.
The paper cylinder that Zhu Rui uses in his studio, is originally from an etching press. But for Zhu Rui it is just fine. In early 2006 we received photos showing Zhu Rui in his studio. It is still the same studio. Just the paintings and the prints hanging on the wall have changed in the meantime.
Due to the importance of this artist, I have published several articles about him in the past years. You find on this site the biography of Zhu Rui, a series of commented images showing Zhu Rui in his studio, and several pages introdusing latest works by the artist. These are new woodblock prints from 2009 (Days of Light, Cloud and Wind) and several Yunnan landscapes prints from 2009. In this latest article you can see the print that Zhu Rui finishes in the video.
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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