May You Live in Interesting Times Original Fine Art Print
THE STORY BEHIND THE ART: "May You Live in Interesting Times" is an original work of art from Tim McIlveene, the founder of British Malaya Shop. He lived in China and Southeast Asia for several years and heard this expression from a teacher. In China it was meant as something of a curse to say to someone. However, Tim thought the saying was so interesting and multi-faceted. Is it a blessing to be bored? No? Yes? Is it a curse to be in interesting times? No? Yes? Maybe? This saying has also become the de-facto motto of the company - our goal is to make your times more interesting (but in only the best of ways!).
THE IMAGES: The image of the man in the print is taken from a vintage postcard from China. It featured a group of three gentlemen with the caption "Chinese Actors". We thought it looked cool so we named our shop after it.
The image is overlaid with a lovely sepia toned color with hints of golds and browns. Yellow was the traditional color of old China and this gentleman looks very regal and royal in his costume.
QUALITY: British Malaya Shop uses only the highest quality material for our art. This giclee print is on Hahnemuele 100% Rag paper which is heavy, bright white and features a smooth matte surface and is archival rated for 60+ years.
If you choose to have your British Malaya Shop print custom framed, rest assured it will framed with the utmost of care and at the highest quality. Frames are 100% solid wood, include acid free/ archival mats, plexiglass and a paper dust cover on the back along with hanging hardware.