New in box. Limited edition folding umbrella by Chinese artist Qu Guangci with his iconic "Rainbow Angel" (Mao as cherub) sculpture handle. “Never Say Goodbye” translates as ‘bu san’, a homophone for "cloth umbrella". Qu Guangci describes this as a gift to his younger self, “an affordable gift”, he specified. This is a very high quality umbrella that is solidly built and opens very smoothly. The handle, made from nickel plated zinc alloy, offers the users a great sense of security when handled as it is very solid. The endearing angel sitting at the end of the handle is adapted from Qu Guangci’s very own masterpiece sculpture, “Rainbow Angel”. Very few master craftsmen are capable of making the angel sculpture, thus there is a limited production. To open this umbrella, is to acknowledge the artisan spirit of the maker, and to provide a shelter for the user.
Strong 8-rib frame High grade 100% polyester water repellent fabric Sculpture width 11cm Opens to 108cm in diameter Total Length: 96cm Weight: 612g
Founded in 2010 in Beijing by Qu and his wife Xiang Jing, also a leading sculptor in China, X+Q Art (the name is an abbreviation of Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci) offers limited-edition handcrafted sculptures, accessories and design products. Born in Shanghai in 1969, Qu received his master's of fine arts from China Central Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department. As the youngest artist to win the grand prize at the National Fine Arts Exhibition at the age of 25, Qu became known throughout the art world for his innovative sculptures, contemporary language and expression techniques. He is most famous for his Little Fatty series. Since 1999, Qu has been invited to exhibit his artworks around the world, including China, Germany, France, the US and Southeast Asia. To date, he has held nine solo exhibitions.
Resigning from their teaching positions at Shanghai Normal University together in 2007, Qu and his wife founded X+Q Sculpture Studio to devote themselves to creating artworks fulltime. They established the X+Q Art brand in 2010 and currently live and work in Beijing.