|Reduction woodblock Prints by Chen Yongle (陳崇平)|
|Chen Yongle was born in the Yunan Province of China in 1954 (other sources say 1944). He is currently the President of the Yunnan Research Institute of Fine Art, and is a member of various art organisations and committees including the Chinese Artists Association, the Chinese Graphic Artists Association, and the Association of the Artists of Chinese Craft and Art. Chen Yongle's prints have been exhibited at many international events and his works can be seen at Fine Art Museums in Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong), the USA, and Europe (France, Belgium, Holland, Germany).
As with other Chinese print artists, Chen Yongle's woodblock prints are characterised first and foremost by their large size. Many of his prints reach 100 x 70cm in dimension although around a third are smaller format (well, 'smaller' for Chinese prints, at 40 x 40cm). I classify his style as been 'Sino-Egyptian', like that of Hao Ping, and his art would feel at home in the tombs of any of the great Egyptian pharos. Yongle's prints are produced via the woodblock reduction technique. No new editions are possible because the woodblock is destroyed as a natural part of the reduction process.
Many of Yongle's editions are no longer avaliable from the artist.