Forest I


  • Title

    Forest I

  • Artist/maker

    Kang Ning (born 1950) (printmaker)
  • Associated place

    China (place of creation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    woodcut, printed with oil-based ink

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    sheet 109 x 46 cm (height x width)
    print 93 x 40 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Purchased, 2007.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    Cracked wooden grains, irregular edges and rifted barks in natural shapes- these happen to coincide with my usual stand, which is to destroy and overturn perfection in my art.

    Kang Ning graduated from the printmaking section of the painting department at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1982, remaining in the Academy to teach. He is currently a professor in the Academy’s printmaking department. Kang Ning mainly works in monochromatic woodblock printmaking, which is typical of the printmakers from the Sichuan regions, especially Chongqing. Since the late 1980s, Kang Ning has gradually developed his own woodcut vocabulary by the use of vigorous parallel lines, changeable texture and unexpected patterns. His style has engendered many followers from the younger generation.

    In: Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007)

Further reading

Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007), no. 121 on p. 132, illus. p. 132

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