Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong Private Asian Collection
Hong Kong, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Devotion to Ink: Contemporary Ink Show, 17-19 May, 2014, p. 59
Peng Jian is a graduate of traditional Chinese painting from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. As a young scholarly painter, he appropriates the ruled-line architectural painting tradition (jiehua) popularized during the Song dynasty in his paintings. Fascinated by the Japanese ukiyo-e printmaking tradition, Peng applies a rich palette of deeply saturated primary colors to his illustrations of stacked books, hidden boxes and incomplete Rubix cubes. Following the birth of his son Peng began to routinely visit this subject matter in a personal quest for order and sources of knowledge. Red Volume is an example of the artist’s meticulously crafted composition that appropriates modern still-life subjects as a metaphor for the accumulation of wisdom and symbols of authority.
Overall in good condition. There is a slight 3 mm indentation of the paper at image lower left which is per the artist's intention. Minor foxing is evident on the paper mounting only, which can be improved with restoration. Overall framed dimensions: 152 by 86.6 cm; 59⅞ by 34⅛ in. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."