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Though strongly influenced by traditional Chinese masters and Japanese Sumi-e painting, I continually redefine that pure medium by the addition of contemporary texture. Add to that my calligraphy training and abstract expressionist influences of Kline, Pollock and Motherwell and you will find me.

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Chris Paschke

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Abstracted Dreams
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This is a small 7x7" original fine art calligraphy features a layered composition. The boldly written Asian character for Dream written in an interpretive kaishu script is presented as a three sided bleed running off the edges of the thin mulberry paper, hence the abstraction. This sheer image is layered over a single stroke sumi ink line on rough watercolor paper for contrast and a narrow strip of sheer diagonal velloum is layered on top to finalize the dimensional layering. Small tectured, gilded (24k gold leaf) contemporary squares are randomly placed as floating chops to accent and tie together the art.

This is available as a completed framed piece which has been featured in numerous juried shows and most recently in the annual juried publication Lettering Arts Review. For additional images and pricing information contact the artist at

CATEGORIES AND SUBJECTS: Contemporary Asian; Abstract; Calligraphy; Collage; Floral; Nudes.MEDIUMS: Sumi ink, Chinese watercolor, Gouache, Graphite, Gesso, Gold leaf and Encaustic.PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: International Encaustic Artists, since 2007; Sumi-e Society of America,since 2004; Fine Art Trade Guild, UK, since 1996; Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco, CA, since 1982; and Professional Picture Framers Association, since 1972 as an educator and industry professional.STATEMENT AND INSPIRATION: Strongly influenced by traditional Chinese masters and Japanese Sumi-e painting, I continually redefine that pure medium by the addition of contemporary texture and abstract interpretation. Now add to that the structured yet freely written calligraphy of the Germans and the edgy abstract expressionism of Kline, Pollock, Rothko, Gottlieb and Motherwell and you will find me. In the last few years my art has been a combination of the bold line art of early Chinese still life and the early line art limited edition flowers of Andy Warhol.Using textural gesso, collaged papers, and washes of tinted colors I attempt to grasp the exotic nature of flowers, birds, Asian calligraphy, and most favoritely the human body.LICENSING: Framed open edition prints are sold in rtail stores and the internet as placemats, calendars, wallpaper, kitchen textiles, bath accessories, shower curtains, ceramic tiles, journal covers, book illustration and more.

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