In vibrant shades of blue on a black background, this painting by Chinese folk artist Luo Zhi Jiang has a sophisticated, dream-like quality that seems worlds away from the painter’s rural home base in Huxian County, Shaanxi Province. Luo Zhi Jiang is one of the few Chinese so-called “peasant painters” to establish a reputation abroad. We first met the artist at the Huxian Painting Community in the early 1990s and were struck by his vision and talent. Since then he has had solo shows in London and Taiwan, and toured the U.S. and other countries with exhibitions of his work. His subjects range from ancient Chinese legends, the inspiration for this painting, to scenes from daily life in his native rural village. This painting depicting a legendary long-haired mermaid caught in a fish net bears both his seal and that of the Huxian Painting Community, established in 1958 as the first of about 50 such rural folk painting groups formed in the next two decades throughout China. Done with gouache on paper, this underwater scene was created by combining woodcut and a technique similar to silkscreen with brush. It is in perfect condition. Dimensions: height 18 ¾” (48 cm), width 23 ¾” (58 cm).