The Green Mountain Valley
Medium:Lost Block Print
Segmented mountain scene with birds and plants.
Zhang Hong Xun first started doing printmaking in 1979, and in 1981 worked as the art editor of the periodical Reclamation Daily in Jiamusi in Northeast China. He graduated from the Beijing National University Fine Art Department as a printmaker and painter and is currently the director of the Great Northern Wilderness Printmakng Institute, and deputy vice chairman of the Great Northern Wilderness Fine Art Artists' Association. Many of Zhang Hong Xun's prints are created using the â€œlost blockâ€ technique. The artist prints the entire edition color by color, removing elements of the block after each printing so that by the time the edition is finished little is left of the block. This technique requires mastery over the technical process while allowing a degree of spontaneity in the finished work.