About Our Featured Artist: Dr Edward Luper, PhD (Oxon)
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Edward Luper is the embodiment of a generous cultural history, both in his interests and person. Hailing from ancient Iraqi Jewish heritage on his maternal grandparent’s side and Eastern Europe on his father’s, Edward was born in London, and it is where his love of East Asia was first fostered. One indelible childhood memory was a book on the Terracotta Warriors in his school library; another faithfully copying Samurai prints; but it was the pictographic nature of the Chinese written language that held huge appeal to someone who has been avidly drawing since nursery, yet came relatively late to reading and writing.
Scarcely imaginable now, in the early 2000’s there was no opportunity to learn Chinese at school in the UK, so Edward first studied Chinese language seriously (Modern and Classical) as an undergraduate at The School of Oriental and African Studies, The University of London. A year at Beijing Normal University provided the opportunity to study Chinese calligraphy and painting under master Chen Xiaolin, and take exams in the subjects.
Edward read both his Masters and PhD at The University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis was on the Ming dynasty artist and poet Xu Wei (1521-1593) and during this time, Edward travelled, lectured and sketched his way across China in Xu Wei’s footsteps. Edward has gone on to study Chinese woodblock printing techniques at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and has a deep appreciation of Japanese woodblock prints.
Edward’s art has been exhibited in the Jiangsu Provincial Museum, Nanjing (2017) and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The University of Cambridge (2018) and we are absolutely delighted to offer his prints on xuan paper exclusively on our platform.
Catalogue: 36 Views of the BT Tower
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"One of my earliest memories of London is seeing the BT tower from Regent’s Park, a place my parents took me habitually every Saturday. Over time, the BT tower came to symbolise not only London, but also my childhood. As I grew up, I could see the BT tower from my University in Bloomsbury, my halls of residence, and even my walk to work. It became a point of stability for me; like a lighthouse. My life seems to revolve around it in some way or form. Much in the same way Mount Fuji was to the artist Katsushika Hokusai, to whom this series pays homage.
I collect Japanese prints and love them greatly, deeply influencing my aesthetic and way of seeing the world. I admire Hiroshige and many compositions are inspired from him, but Hokusai in particular is an artistic hero for me; his way of seeing, his endless curiosity, his depictions of working life, outstanding dedication, humour and wit are traits I admire and strive to learn.
London is my Edo, and although I don’t have a Mt Fuji, I do have the BT tower. My aim was not so much to copy however, but enter into a dialogue across time and space with these artists."
- Artist, Edward Luper