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He Li

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Hello to all. I am He Li. Currently work in the US, I was born and grew up in China. I received no formal fine art eduction but I managed to taught myself how to carve, sculpt, and sketch. Hope to exchange experiences with and learn from members of this great forum :).


Below are 2 pictures of my previous works. They were made of Chinese stamp stones. The 1st piece is about 2.5 x 1 3/4 x 1 inches, and the 2nd one is about 1/2 x 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches.



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He Li,

I spent nine months in the PRC between 1987 and 1989, I got to go to many places while there one of the best memories was when I went to a premier carving factory (more than just carving many other crafts also)in Beijing, it was wonderful and showed me just how talented many of the people in China are.


You reflect this talent in your work, welcome to the forum, I look forward to more images of your work in the future.


All my best ......... Danny.

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Thank you all for the comments!


Lopaki, I am glad that the trip to China leaves a good memory to you. China has changed so much in the past 20 years, the consuming power, including demands for fine art, is booming up rapidly. Consequently, there are many more artists with superior carving skills out there now.


Christophe and Thomas, please see below pictures showing more details of the above 2 works.


Janel, I am currently in the Maryland side of DC area. Although I have started to carve since I was 12, I do not have sufficient time for art work due to my heavy work/study load. I carved the 1st one, the "sleeping baby," about 6-7 years ago, and the 2nd one was carved 13 years ago. Last year, I made an "Adam's apple" (shown below) using polymer clay and acrylic paint, and this year I made nothing. For years I carve at most 1 piece of work every year. Thus I do not have many other works to show. But learning does not cease itself unless thinking stops. By watching others work through internet, I try to keep my mind active, and I am inspired by others from time to time. I have briefly browsed this forum, your site, and a few others members' website and I enjoy so much of the talented works of you guys. Thank you so much for sharing them!


I list 3 more works from me. The first one is the "Adam's Apple" mentioned above. The 2nd one depicts a frog climbing on a piece of jade (2000 years ago Chinese use that shape of jade on their swords). The 3rd piece depicts a piece of broken bronze Chinese tripod. On its background is a poem talking about patriotism. In both the 2nd and 3rd pieces I am trying to convey something that connects the present vs. past, the life/culture vs. time, and the evanescence of an individual vs. the absolute eternity.








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Thanks very much He Li. What is a "Chinese tripod"?




We call it "鼎" (Ding). To my knowledge, the earliest 鼎 excavated was from Shang Dynasty (1562 BC - 1066 BC). The initial form of 鼎 was a pot-like bronze container with 3 legs. It was later developed into a square shaped container with 4 legs. "Chinese tripod" may not be an accurate description of the subject :blush:.


鼎 was used to offer sacrifice to gods or ancesters. Only nobleman could posses it. As you can see from the 2 pictures below, although the 2 鼎 were not made in the same period of time and their form changes dramatically, they have somewhat similar decorative patterns on it. The pattern, names "饕餮" (Tao Tie), was a tiger-like carnivore existed only in legends and fairy tales. It once represented the power and dignity of God and royalty and is now briefly understood as a symbol of the long and glorious Chinese culture. I adopted the 饕餮 pattern in one of my carvings above.





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