Zhengzhou folk artist creates exquisite gourd carvings

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Updated: 2017-02-10 11:19:14

Jia Fengke's brightly colored gourd artworks inspired by Peking Opera costumes. [Photo/VCG]

Jia Fengke fell in love with gourd carving 20 years ago. The 53-year-old folk artist from Zhengzhou quit his job and concentrated on gourd art creation. From painting on gourd, to bas-relief, high relief, hollowed-out carving, and colored drawing, Jia is constantly refining his gourd art technique.

He has created more than 200 gourd artworks on diferent themes of birds, flowers, figures, animals, mountains, rivers and calligraphy. As he is still relatively unknown, sales are low and he sometimes considers giving up, but his passion for gourd art always wins out.

Jia Fengke holds up two gourd artworks inspired by Peking Opera. [Photo/VCG]

Jia Fengke at work on his gourd art creations. [Photo/VCG]

Cute gourd artworks made by Jia Fengke. [Photo/VCG]

A cute gourd artwork made by Jia Fengke. [Photo/VCG]

Jia Fengke introduces one of his gourd art creations. [Photo/VCG]

Jia Fengke paints flowers on a gourd in his workshop in Zhengzhou, Henan province. [Photo/VCG]

An exquisite gourd artwork created by Jia Fengke. [Photo/VCG]

Jia Fengke with one of his bas-relief gourd artworks. [Photo/VCG]

A gourd is engraved with Chinese calligraphy. [Photo/VCG]

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