Craft > China > Xian Shou (Offering Longevity) by Huang Qingluan

 Feb 26 2024  

Longan woodcarving, deeply rooted in history, derives its name from the abundant longan wood found in Fujian. Renowned for its solidity, fine texture, and soft color, longan wood offers a unique canvas for artistic expression. The distinctive "curls" and "scars" of ancient longan trees lend a one-of-a-kind character to these carvings, setting them apart from other woodwork. Embodying the essence of Fujian wood carving, longan woodcarving stands as a cornerstone of China's rich artistic heritage, representing one of the nation's four major wood carving traditions.

Huang Qingluan was born in 1979 in Dongqiao Qianqin, Xiuyu District, Putian City. He had a talent for painting and art since he was a child. He studied under the master of wood carving, Mr. Min Guolin, and learned his true story. In recent years, he has been taught by Mr. Gao Gongbo, a master of Chinese arts and crafts, in the art of root carving. At the same time, he also became a disciple of Mr. Fang Wentao, a master of Chinese arts and crafts, and has perfected the art of figure sculpture. Huang Qingluan has been an artist for more than 20 years and is good at round carvings and root carvings of longan wood. On the basis of traditional skills, coupled with innovative factors in his understanding of wood carving creation, his works are mainly poetic expressions of imagery, artistic conception, and interest. On the basis of adhering to traditional technology, it has also made innovative developments. Its masterpieces have been collected by many museums at home and abroad, and have won dozens of gold, silver, and bronze awards at various expos.

Exhibit name: "Xian Shou (Offering Longevity)" 
Exhibit size: 80cmX61cmX130cm

"Xian Shou (Offering Longevity)" is a masterpiece crafted from natural longan wood, embodying a harmonious blend of tradition and artistry. The depiction of "Shou Xing (longevity star)" exudes a serene aura as he gracefully holds a crutch, while the accompanying boy presents a Canistel, symbolizing abundance and vitality. Through meticulous carving techniques, the essence of the original tree roots is preserved in most materials, imbuing the artwork with an authentic natural charm. Witness the seamless fusion of craftsmanship and nature in this captivating creation.