The Eight Wastes of Jinhuidui

Images of fragmented texts and paper ephemera were used in late Qing paintings, prints and on porcelain.


  • Title

    The Eight Wastes of Jinhuidui

  • Artist/maker

    Wang Chao (born 1974) (printmaker)
  • Associated place

    China (place of creation)
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  • Material and technique

    multi-block woodcut, printed with water-soluble ink

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  • Dimensions

    sheet 100 x 65.5 cm (height x width)
    print 68 x 45 cm (height x width)
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  • Credit line

    Purchased with the assistance of the Eric North Bequest Fund, 2007.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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  • Catalogue text

    What I have been pursuing is the impression produced between hard fruitwood and soft wuan paper-this exquisite printing impression fascintates continually.

    In 1998, Wang Chao graduated from the Printmaking Department of the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou and has remained there to carry out research on traditional Chinese woodcut printmaking. Wang Chao is one of the few professional artists still to practise the ancient woodblock method of water-soluble colour woodblock printing that flourished during the Ming period. He made his name from creating works in thread-bound book format with water soluble colour block-printing from pear wood blocks. Often combined with the blind-embossing technique, he creatively uses traditional assembled block woodcut techniques, mingled with contemporary perception, and his work has achieved international recognition.

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

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Further reading

Weimin He, and Shelagh Vainker, Chinese Prints 1950-2006 in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2007), no. 126 on p. 137, illus. p. 137

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