Artist: Mian Situ Title: Toy Maker of Ross Alley, San Francisco, 1906 Image Size: 43 x 37" Edition: Artist Hand Signed and Numbered Limited Edition to 75 Medium: Fine Art Giclee on Canvas About the Art: The elderly Chinese immigrant has brought his trade from China --sculpting small figures from dough, which he hand colors. These figures are prized and purchased by the children of Ross Alley in the heart of Chinatown. Originally known for brothels and gambling, Ross Alley is the oldest alley in San Francisco. Today, it is home to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and murals depicting the everyday life of the Chinese American community.
Born in Southern China, Mian Situ received his formal art training in his native homeland of Guangdong, formerly Canton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Art, and a few years later earned a Masters in Fine Art. Mian’s paintings clearly reflect his upbringing in the rural countryside of his native China. His deep-toned impressionistic paintings of the backcountry often focus on people going about their daily lives in their small villages and farming communities. Mian’s artistic versatility is also evident in his exquisite portraiture, as well as his more recent works inspired by western historical themes and American landscapes. Since 1995, he has been recognized with many national art awards. During the 2003 Masters of the American West show at the Gene Autry Museum, has was honored with three major awards: the Thomas Moran Memorial Award (in recognition of exceptional artistic merit), Artists’ Choice Award and Patrons’ Choice Award. He has also won the Award for Excellence for Master Signature Members for his painting, “Helpful Hand”.
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