An original aquatint on paper depicting a Chinese sage. Titled in pencil in left bottom margin, signed in pencil over John Kelly's embossed seal. This print has also been seen with different titles, including "Bodhisattva" and "Confucian".
This image is illustrated and described in the book, Hawaiian Idyll (Drucker, 2009) on page 17.
"Bodhisattva from the 1950s exemplifies a final way in which Kelly experiemented with the effects of aquatint . . . Kelly aquatinted the background and created the bodhisattva image by applying liquid ground with a brush. Unlike most of his images, created with traditional etching and drypoint tools, the resulting image of the sage in this print is unique in its calligraphic quality. This is not a technique Kelly often employed but one that speaks to the breadth of his experimentation within the medium of aquatint."
"During the 1950s, Kelly developed new bodies of work related to the pictorial heritage of Buddhism, basing his imagery on wall murals and rock engravings in Japan, China, and India. He studied, gathered, clipped, and saved a variety of material illustrating the Ajanta Caves of India, Japan's Horyuji Monastery near Nara, and Chinese art." page 141.
Age: ca. 1950.
Size: 22 x 30 inches
Media: Original aquatint.
This work of art is currently framed
Price: $1,950.00 USD