Fish

Ju Ming (born 1938) is a Taiwanese sculptor working in a wide range of materials including wood, bronze, styrofoam, ceramics, and glass. He studied modern sculpture and from 1968 to 1976 was an assistant to Yang Yingfeng (1926-1997), who worked chiefly in metal. Ju is famous for his series of bronzes on the theme of taichi, inspired by the physical practice and mental discipline of this ancient art of boxing. One of Ju’s taichi themed sculptures is displayed at the forecourt of Ashmolean [EA2013.6] in honour of Michael Sullivan (1916-2013).

This ceramic fish was made and given to Khoan (1919-2003) and Michael by the artist in 1991 and hung in their flat by the wooden table (displayed below the fish in the physical exhibition) for many years.

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    Sculptor. After apprenticeship to a wood-carver he became an independent carver of religious images. In 1960 he began to study modern sculpture and from 1968 to 1976 was assistant to Yang Yingfeng, who worked chiefly in metal. Meanwhile he took up taiji. He became an independent sculptor working in a wide range of materials, including wood, bronze, styrofoam, ceramics and glass. He has had many public commissions, and his work has been exhibited round the Place Vendôme in Paris and on the terrace of the Festival Hall, London.

    Given to K & MS by the artist in about 1991.

    In: Sullivan, Michael, Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2009)

Further reading

Sullivan, Michael, Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2009), no. 2 on page. 202, illus. p. 202 fig. IV.B.2

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