Size: 24"W x 48"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
it was dark. it rained. then the stars showed. each cat then saw the other. they growled. grrr, GRRR. then they met. this painting was inspired by a style (manga) developed in japan in the late 19th c. it has a long and complex prehistory in earlier japanese art. this particular scroll was juried and exhibited in the art town of rockland, maine. traditionally scrolls were vehicles for displaying calligraphy and or paintings, capturing a feeling of nature or an idea, to be hung to set a mood, and changed often to match an occasion/season. my reinvention of japanese kakejiku are on synthetic material similar in appearance to rice paper, but stronger, waterproof and tear-resistant, and "framed", ie, hung on rods along the top and bottom edges
i've been exploring colors, ideas, textures, themes of japanese art since my childhood there, and been merging it with my education of modern, western, abstract aesthetics. i majored in industrial design at the rhode island school of design, where the risd approach to all aspects of "the arts" is a major influence. the other major influence was growing up with a mother who teaches painting.