Shan Shui - 50491

five mountains one waterfall

each painting
W: 83cm
H: 149cm
Lotus ink on paper
APRIL 2019

The five mountains framing  the waterfall is inspired by the long brushstrokes from Chinese and Japanese classic ink art.  I create these not with the stroke of a brush but with the impressions of a cut lotus stalk. Pointillism totaling 50491 lotus marks. 

A monochrome Pointillism capturing five mountains. The distant mountains fading into the background. The clouds bringing the waters for the waterfall. These mountains are not from a specific location, but the imagination of my travels in South East Asia.

The last famous artist we knew of who did new works inspired by Chinese landscapes was Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997) Here, two decades later, Morrison Polkinghorne, by his own creation, inked it with natural lotus cut-stems and counting the total dots as his signature. These five panels are among one of the most impressive works in this genre. We just love it!


l o t u s - c o u n t s

as of 18 September, 2023
I've created a total of
650,206 lotus marks


n e w s
International Artist Award

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