Mian Situ limited edition print
Chinese Family Laundry 1880 by Mian Situ
This magnificent original size (25×38 in.) limited edition print on canvas, issued in 2013, is number 5 of just 25 and is hand signed in gold by the artist. It is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Greenwich Workshop and signed by the artist and The President of the company. We would anticipate that the supplies of the print will be exhausted within 18 months.
The picture depicts the work of Chinese laundry workers during the California Gold Rush of 1880. The picture magnificently captures the vivid energy of immigrant Chinese workers and was Situ’s featured work in 2013 Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale, and which gained him The Gene Autry Memorial Award. It is, accordingly, one of the most important works of a great artist.
£stg 1,625 incl. delivery
Mian Situ is no ordinary Chinese American artist – he is a phenomenon. His talent was honed in the slums of southern China where, as a boy, he drew endless pictures of Mao Tse Tung. He came into contact with Soviet realism and this influenced him greatly.
He is now one of the most adept chroniclers of the American Old West in the footsteps of Remington and Rockwell. He is particularly at home painting historical scenes of the experience of Chinese immigrants to the US. History, accuracy and superb draughtsmanship characterise his intricately detailed work. His original oils sell for figures well into six figures – the original of this picture sold for over $200,000.
In 1987 he emigrated from China to the West coast. In 1998, he went from Vancouver, where he had gone in 1988, back to Los Angeles. He started painting the lives of Chinese immigrants from more than a century before: immigrants arriving in the US on the open decks of ships, railroad workers, miners and laundry workers in the Gold Rush towns. Fellow artist Howard Terpning from Tucson, Arizona, who has himself bought Man Situ’s works, told the New York Times back in 2006 that Situ’s ‘draughtsmanship,, his design, his sense of colour, his painterly approach . . . you don’t reach that level without a lot of study and effort.’
Situ himself has said, ‘You can’t just emphasise those suffering – because when you look at the big picture, it’s still optimistic. I have to give people, courage, hope and meaning. Probably some people would say that is not real art, but I still insist on this.’