Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
China, Hong Kong, Pao Sui Loong Galleries and Hong Kong Arts Centre, Kung Fu: A Series of Sculptures by Ju Ming, 2-28 Feburary, 1980.
Kung Fu: A Series of Sculptures by Ju Ming, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China, 1980 (illustrated in black & white and illustrated, unpaignated)
What Ju Ming's Taichi series of works attempt to express is that in the process of practicing Taichi martial art skills, there occurred a realization in the artist of his own accretions, which were internalized into a personal ideological system, and the artist embodied these in his sculptural creations.
The Fair Maiden Works at the Shuttles (Lot 111) was created in 1978. The same year, Ju Ming went to Japan, to hold an exhibition at Tokyo's Central Art Museum, which was the first time the Taichi series were published abroad. Two years later, Zhu Ming was invited to attend the "1980 Hong Kong Arts Festival" and to hold the Kungfu sculpture exhibition. Fair Maiden Works at the Shuttles became one of the works to be exhibited. Kungfu sculpture exhibition was well received and gained a great praise. In the publication of "1980 Hong Kong Arts Festival", Zhu was appraised by the critics as "a Chinese expert who has now become a leading figure in Contemporary Sculpture and woodcut"; still further, works from Taichi series became the cover image of the publication.
Fair Maiden Works at the Shuttles retains the marks of the chisel on its surfaces, leaving behind a unique texture on the wood grain. With fast cutting and rapid carving, the adroit and self-possessed blade work was made to leave behind simple and powerful knife marks in the artworks. The natural texture and consistency of the wood and the lines in it became indispensable parts of Ju Ming's creations. Ju Ming deliberately omitted detail from the sculptures, working with fluid precision to directly bring out the essence of the works. From the tangible to the intangible, they are both similar in form, and alike in spirit. The strength and momentum of Taichi are brought out through precise and self-assured knife work, resulting in works rich in a sense of movement and in Oriental spirit. Ju Ming has endowed his works with a unique vitality. Through bringing the essence of the media and his artistic expression closely together, his works are both freehand and representational, allowing them to exude a unique natural beauty.