Large Black Ink Asian Bamboo Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 44.2cm x 68.1cm  ≈  17½" x 26¾"

Silk/Brocade: 53.4cm x 124.5cm  ≈  21" x 49"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 62.4cm  ≈  24½"

Large Black Ink Asian Bamboo Wall Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll


Large Chinese Bamboo Wall Scroll

You'll notice the flowing quality of this artwork. This is known as a "free-hand style" painting. It is painted rather quickly, but the style takes many years to perfect. In this case, the artist has been practicing for over 25 years and finally feels his artwork is almost ready.

At the lower left, the artist has signed this and stamped it with his authenticating red chop marks.

Ponytail Cao Bin

When I first met him, Cao Bin had a shaved head like a Buddhist monk. Years later, he has traded in that look for the ponytail that is expected of the eccentric Chinese artist

About the artist:

The artist's name is Cao Bin. He lives with his wife in Beijing, China. I actually met him through his wife who runs a small house-cleaning business in Beijing. So technically, he is my mother-in-law's maid's husband.

Cao Bin does mostly calligraphy, but I noticed his bamboo was also quite good. I had him do several pieces for me. He's getting to be a bit famous for his calligraphy now. There's even a book in print that features his calligraphy. I was lucky enough to meet him just before his meteoric rise, so I have some guanxi (special relationship), and therefore I get slightly better prices than any gallery manager that approaches him now. That savings is passed on to you (a guanxi trickle down if you will).

Frenzy of people watching Cao Bin

A frenzy of people watch Cao Bin create his calligraphy during a special event

More about the painting:

This is painted on xuan paper (often called "rice paper" though not really made from rice). The raw artwork was then taken to my workshop in east Beijing where the master mounter built it into a handmade wall scroll.

Caobin in Studio

Cao Bin at his studio