Happy New Year!
Well, we have snow here now, so I thought it was a good time to feature the work of prominent Chinese woodcut artist Song Yuanwen (1933- ). He's done lots of work on a variety of subjects, but I particularly like the pattern and texture of this snowy one. Interestingly, although most sources call the piece straightforwardly "Birds in Snow," one of the places where I found it posted called it "Harmony," which is not really the emotion I find evoked. I think more of hunkering down. In any case, I like the detailed geometry of the stacked logs against the solid white and solid black of the snow and the birds. (And it's reminding me that I need to refill my bird feeders!)
And for a bonus, here's another snow scene by the same artist. Unfortunately I can't find title or date for it, but its one of the works in an exhibition of his work in 2010. Again, I like his balance of black and white, solid and pattern.
I wish you joy in 2013!
[Pictures: Birds in Snow, woodcut by Song Yuanwen, 2005 (Image from China Print Art);
unknown title, woodcut by Song Yuanwen (Image from China Guanlan Original Printmaking Base).]