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Changsha artist to debut seal carvings at Milan Expo

Updated: 2015-06-04

 

A young expert in seal carving from Hunan province expects to amaze the world at the Milan World Expo in late June.

 

Lin Xuping, from Changsha, will debut two of his sculptures, a carving of a rolling wheat field and a seal-cut version of Li Sao, a famous poem by Qu Yuan, an aristocrat of the ancient Kingdom of Chu, at the Hunan session in Milan.

 

Seal carving, or zhuanke in Chinese (篆刻), is a traditional art form that originated in China and later spread to East Asia. It refers to cutting a pattern into the bottom face of the seal.

 

Lin’s Li Sao, a 3,000-word masterpiece, is presented by putting together the characters carved on the bottom of 150 stones. “I got the idea when I learned that the Hunan Week for Milan Expo would open around the Dragon Boat Festival. Not only are Qu Yuan and Li Sao the soul of the festival, but also the essence of Hunan culture,” Lin said. He started the work at the end of April and spent half a month working night and day before he completed it.

 

 

Lin Xuping displays his seal-cut Li Sao to the reporter at his studio on June 3. [Photo by Chen Fei/Changsha Evening News]

 

“We’ll leave for Milan the next week. I hope the world will be amazed by Hunan culture,” said Lin.

 

It’s not the first time for Lin to bring his seal cuttings out of China. He already had a solo-exhibition of stone carving works in Italy in February.

 

Lin said that he started to learn seal carving under the instruction of his grandfather when he was a child. Then he studied under Hunan masters Li Li and Yi Yueshi. Lin opened a carving studio in Changsha after graduation.

 

The young artist has organized a number of charity sales for the help of disabled people and poor areas.

 

 

Lin’s stone carving of rolling wheat [Photo/voc.com.cn]

 

By Zhang Qiong, edited by Andrew Ancheta

Source: Changsha Evening News