Lucky Koi Carp (2016)
Linocut by Harriet Blomefield


  • Linocut, Paper
  • From a limited edition of 8
  • Size: 5.9 × 8.3 × 0.1 in (unframed) / 4 × 6 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the back

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Harriet Blomefield

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

This series of Koi Carp prints has been reproduced just 8 times, with 8 being a lucky number in China and the Koi Carp being a symbol of good fortune and success in many Far Eastern cultures, these prints have been designed as a good luck charm to bring in 2016.

This Koi can be seen to be most indicative of the Kuchibeni koi - This white and red patterned koi is often referred to as the "lipstick" fish, because the red coloring around its mouth makes it appear as though the fish is wearing lipstick. The Kuchibeni koi also represents love and long lasting relationships.

Because Eight (Ba in Chinese) has the similar pronunciation with 发 (Fa, meaning wealth or fortune), this number is very welcome among Chinese people. The popularity of 8 was obvious in relation to the Beijing Olympic Games which commenced at exactly eight o’clock eight minutes on the eighth day of the eighth month in 2008. When people choose telephone numbers, mobile numbers, house numbers, car identification numbers and important dates, 8 is usually the first choice.

Please note that each print differs due to combinations of red and yellow ink.

Materials used:

Lino Print using Waterbased Ink

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