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Mian Situ - The Calico Dress, Family Laundry, 1906 -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          The Calico Dress, Family Laundry, 1906
by Mian Situ


Limited Edition of: 35
Image Size: 25"w x 27"h.
Published: October 2009

Because of the circumstances of turn-of-the-century Chinese immigrants to America, many of them had few alternatives to mining, working in restaurants or laundries. Operating a laundry required relatively little capital, education or English fluency. Often times, entire families lived crammed together in the back of their laundry storefronts. While the parents worked, the children helped however they could.

It was hot, 14-hour-per-day work and after lunch the young man ironing struggles to stay alert while the mother does the mending. Chinese culture, food and clothing may have been replicated in Chinatowns on the West Coast, yet everything around the tight-knit communities was different. ďI posed the daughter curiously trying on the calico dress brought in by their American customer,Ē says the artist. Is she wondering what it feels like to be an American girl or is it only a strange costume?

Mian Situ
Born in Southern China, Mian Situ received his formal art training in his native homeland of Guangdong, formerly Canton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Guangzhou Institute of Fine Art. After instructing for six years, he earned a Masters in Fine Art. Immigrating to Canada, then later moving to the United States, Mianís paintings clearly reflect his upbringing in the rural countryside of his native China. His artistic diversification of subject matter, from the people of the small villages and farming communities going about their daily lives to the exquisite portraitures as well as his most recent works inspired by western historical themes and American landscapes, all reflect the sensitive dedication of this Master Artist. Mian has been recognized with many national art awards. During the 2002 Masters of the American West exhibition and sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles California, Mian Situ received the Masters of the American West Museum Purchase Award, the Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Artistic Merit and the Patronís Choice Award. In 2003, Mian was honored with the Thomas Moran Memorial Award, Artistís Choice Award and Patronís Choice Award. Most recently, in 2005, Mian was presented with the Artistís Choice Award for his painting, The Word of God. Mian Situ is represented by Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona and Jackson, Wyoming. He lives with his wife, Helen and daughter, Lisa in Southern California.


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