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Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Wasteland. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Wasteland. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Chinese artist from Beijing Li Hongbo has made an incredible series of knives with elaborately carved figures out of the blades. Openwork pattern is if grows of metal: frozen for an instant family of deer, flying eagle, a shooter, hiding behind a tree. The skilful hand of the master turns ordinary kitchen knives into works of art. A special attraction of the products attached to the contrast between the heavy metal blades and almost weightless figures created out of their bases. LI Hongbo was born in 1974 in Jilin province, China. In 1996 he graduated from Fine Arts Department of Jilin Normal University, and in 2002 completed a course of Folk Art Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Li Hongbo is a member of Experimental Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association.

Cheetah. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Cheetah. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

A knife with a rectangular blade is commonly used in Asian countries to cut. The artist admits that he chose it as the basis to create his unusual paintings, for two reasons. First, the knife acts as a symbol of family ties when relatives and friends gather for a meal together. Secondly, as a reminder of omnivorous Chinese. According to the description “Shadow Knives are warning the public: in the end, humanity will destroy itself because of its gluttony and cruelty to animals.”

Deer family

Deer family. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Flying Hawk

Flying Hawk. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Hunting. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Hunting. Li Hongbo Silhouettes Cut from Knives

Lotus Pond

Lotus Pond

Snake skeleton

Snake skeleton

Silhouette Artwork Cut from Knives by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

Silhouette Artwork Cut from Knives by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

Silhouette Artwork Cut from Knives by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

Silhouette Artwork Cut from Knives by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

Silhouette Artwork Cut from Knives by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

Silhouette Artwork Cut from Knives by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

Silhouette Artwork Cut from Knives by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

Silhouette Artwork Cut from Knives by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

The exhibition 'Shadow of Knives' by Li Hongbo in Hong Kong

The exhibition ‘Shadow of Knives’ by Li Hongbo in Hong Kong

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