In 1980, Procktor accompanied a group of British delegates on a trip to communist China. This was an extraordinary honour as it was the first time a Western artist had visited the country since 1966 and the start of the Cultural Revolution.
Yellow Dragon Cave, Hangchow is one of eight prints that make up Procktor's 'China Series' portfolio. Collectively, the prints depict renowned places of beauty in modern day Beijing, Guilin, Wuxi, Suzhou and Hangzhou.
By contrasting bold calligraphy-like black strokes with subtle variations of colour on pale backgrounds, Procktor's prints evoke the style of traditional Chinese painting. Given this cross-cultural aesthetic and their historical importance, the 'China Series' are highly sought after. A complete set of the series is held in the Government Art Collection and hangs in the British Embassy in Beijing.
signed in pencil bottom right
Massey, Ian. Patrick Procktor: Art and Life. Norwich: Unicorn, 2010. Print.