The scene of Suzhou’s jade carving business has been flourishing since Ming Dynasty and it still takes the lead with new honor nowadays.
As if in a light cloud covering the lunar and snow floating around the wind, refined, light and elegant, Suzhou jade carving is appreciated by Qu Lijun in these words. Qu Lijun is a native, born and growing up in his hometown. He became a skillful craftsman by his accumulated study of Chinese painting and micro-carving, which also allow him to be capable of complicated art expression in small details.
The jade carving is smart and graceful in Suzhou, just like Qu Lijun’s work, whether it is a running steed or a lonely fisherman, the frame line of his works are smooth with no impetuous tendency. The images seem moving. The straight and curved lines are blended with each other to express its gentle and reserved characteristics.
The jade carving is simple but with abundant connotations. Some branches of peach blossom, together with floating cloud contains more meanings and scene than itself. Silence sometimes sets the voice off. His work is like a traditional Chinese painting with virtuality and reality.
The jade carving is gentle and elegant. Leisurely orchid blooming and families living by canals enjoying their dinner are all expressed from his smart design with profound atmosphere of social taste of old days.
Knowledgeable people create things, while smart people promote things. Qu Lijun’s works promote the traditional jade carving skill and make it fit the new humanistic spirits by his achievement for Suzhou jade’s beauty.
His work is Jade, His work is Suzhou.
Director of Suzhou Museum