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Cao Ou 曹欧

Cao Ou was born in Heze, Shandong in 1987. He passed the entrance examination for the Printmaking Department of the China Academy of Fine Arts in 2007 and was later awarded a BA degree in 2011. Cao was awarded his MA degree in Printmaking from the Academy in 2015, since then he has been working and living in Hangzhou.

Inspired by artists Xu Bing and Chen Qi, Cao Ou has developed his skills in the techniques of woodcut printing. His artistic themes are inspired by landscapes and the repeating patterns of buildings.

He was shortlisted for the First Muban Educational Trust Woodblock Printmaking Award in 2014.

His work is currently held in the British Museum’s permanent collection.

This video produced by Zhejiang Art Museum which is one of prestige museum in China, as part of the content for Cao Ou’s solo exhibition in the museum on 17th Sept. – 18th Oct. 2020.

In the video, Cao ou demonstrated the Douban technique, which originated in the last years of the Ming dynasty, is a printing approach building upon the basis of painting colours onto woodcut blocks. Cao Ou has applied this technique in all his print. Each print will take a month to complete.



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