After dedicating 40 years as a Master Artist at the Forbidden City of Beijing, China, Xiang Li began working on the most challengingcreationof her lifetime: The Chinese Empresses Collection, featuring over 120 empresses in Chinese History. This is an on-going project since 2014.
The technique, Gongbi (工筆), meaning "meticulous", uses highly detailed brushstrokes that delimit details very precisely. It is often highly coloured and usually depicts figural or narrative subjects. It is often practised by artists working for the royal court or in independent workshops.