Image Size: 36” W x 19.5” H
Paper Size: 37.5” W x 21” H (unframed)  Available
Edition: 75
Artist's Proofs: 25
Printer's Proofs:

One of the first mentions of koi in history (about 553 B.C.) mentions the great philosopher, Confucius. His fame was so great that on the birth of his first son at his advanced years, he received gifts from around the known world to celebrate this wondrous birth. Legend has it that the gift that made the greatest impression was of koi from King Shoko of Ro in Persia. These colorful fish were a prized symbol of strength and power and extremely rare. In fact, they were said to be the only fish strong enough to climb and traverse the fabled Yellow River falls. But the koi of Confucius were said to have lived a tranquil life, objects of contemplation and wisdom.

Notes on Original Work of Art:
Acrylic, fluorescent and metallic paints on heavy French watercolor paper, veiled over with hand-made Japanese rice lace, bathed in a mixture of archival beeswax and UV-resistant polymers, bordered with insets wrapped in vintage Chinese fish wrappers, veiled with mulberry paper then overprinted with acrylic and metallic paints, all on gilded Thai embossed leaf paper overprinted with metallic paints using a 16th century wooden Pali prayer book cover, accented at each corner with 10th – 12th century Chinese cash coins, affixed using melted religious wax collected from holy monasteries and temples, and adorned at top center with very rare 2nd century (A.D.) Chinese bronze fish coin, all mounted onto archival museum board.

Notes on Giclée:
1. There are no embellishments to 1/75 thru 75/75 of the Edition.

2. The koi are hand-embellished by the Artist with brushwork using ten acrylic and fluorescent paint colors. (Artist’s Proofs only)

3. The lotus flowers are hand-embellished by the Artist using fourteen acrylic and fluorescent paint colors. (Artist’s Proofs only)

4. Four 10th -17th century Chinese cash coins are affixed by the Artist to the print using melted religious wax collected from holy temples and monasteries. (Artist’s Proofs only)

5. All Editions and Proofs signed and numbered by the Artist with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Printed using archival inks on fine art watercolor paper.

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