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April 2000

Long Gao

Chinese Master ArtistGao Long will mount a solo exhibition showing a variety of work including oils on canvas, traditional Chinese landscapes in ink, a collection of wood carvings and a group of his well-known stone prints or "Image Seal Cuttings" at Jeffrey Moose Gallery from March 31st through May 12th. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, March 31st from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.
Mr. Gao is a talent with very few peers. He is currently an Artist in Residence at the Tacoma Art Museum for the acclaimed "Inside Out" exhibition of contemporary Chinese art showing at the Tacoma Art Museum and the UW's Henry Gallery.
His reputation in China is legendary: he was the Vice Chairman of the Association of Artists under the Ministry of Radio Film and TV and Director of the Jiu-San Association of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Research in the Peoples Republic of China. Mr. Gao received widespread international recognition for his book of "Image Seal Cuttings", an art form based on the most ancient of Chinese art forms, Seal Cutting. This is a medium which marries visual art and literature; the thoughts of an artist are portrayed in both imagery and poetry. An image is carved in reverse into a stone and then printed, then a poem or line of text is added next to the picture. His "Seal Cuttings" are collected by the Beijing Library in China, the U.S. Library of Congress, the Seattle Public Library and many universities throughout the U.S..
Mr. Gao has worked in many media in addition to his seal cuttings. His oil paintings, traditional Chinese landscape paintings and abstract sculpture in metals are all superb. His skill at carving wood is astounding. His carvings of faces, animals and abstractions are compelling 3D versions of the seal cuttings, but with the added vitality lent by the warmth of wood grain and the mark of the sculptor's tools. All of the artist's efforts include forms derived from traditional Chinese folk imagery, tools and even philosophical concepts.
Mr. Gao's talent is so broad, so refined that Jerome Silbergeld, Professor of Chinese Art History at the University of Washington (and author of two of the five books published in English on 20th Century Chinese artists) declares that "...of the Chinese artists who have come to the U.S. in the last fifteen years, some of whom represent the highest level found in China, ... I would rank Gao's work among the best."


Long Gao
"More Than Auspiciousness"
oil on panel

Long Gao
"The Beginning of the Universe"
Chinese ink on paper

Long Gao
"I Do Not Want a Mask"
carved wood


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