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Li Jin

No Fish in a Clear Pond, 2012


Li Jin working on a printing plate

Li Jin and his assistant reviewing one
of the printing plates

Li Jin and gallery Director Vernon Dubner
at the edition signing

Dubner Moderne is pleased to announce the publication of

No Fish in a Clear Pond, 2012

The first limited edition print by master Chinese ink painter Li Jin.

With lines and brushstrokes that are as delicate as those in his original ink works, No Fish in a Clear Pond marks the first time that Li Jin has translated his mastery of traditional ink painting onto printer's plates. Working with master printer Gregory Burnet, the aquatint captures Li's appreciation of detail and his perception of beauty in the everyday that surrounds us. In this print Li Jin engages us in a thoughtful and profound exploration of the Confucian proverb, "Water that is clear has no fish," without sacrificing his gentle humor and bon vivant's appreciation of the simple pleasures of life for which he is justly famous.

A master of Chinese ink painting, Li Jin has received worldwide praise as an important contemporary artist whose work preserves tradition whilst defining present and future art scenes. He has exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and the USA in museum and gallery exhibitions. Most notably, in 2010 his work was an integral part of "Fresh Ink: Ten takes on Chinese Tradition" curated by Hao Sheng at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In 2012 his work was exhibited at the Kunsthaus Hamburg and in December 2012 a solo show of his work is taking place at the Today Museum in Beijing.

For additional information please contact Dubner Moderne.

Plate Size:  8 x 6 inches (20 x 15 cm)
Paper Size:  15 x 12 inches (38 x 30.5 cm)
Technique:  Five color, four plate, aquatint with spitbite on Hahnemulle copperplate paper
Edition Size:  40 with 5 Artist’s Proofs
Publisher:  Dubner Moderne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Master Printer:  Burnet Editions N.Y.C.