Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world and other spots

Inspired on Hishida Shunso, (1874-1911) a Japanese artist from the Meiji period that, despite his short life left many artworks, ranging from landscapes and flora to religious imaginary and animals in which we can find the widely known series of cat paintings.

These cats in particular gave me a sort of mysterious halo, almost like if they weren’t actually cats, something in between human and animal, and in this ambiguity a link to what I been illustrating for the past 7 years.

The reason that my cat Mr Mate was my alter ego and the feelings that Shunso painting provoked in me gave me an impulse to make my own series.

I represent his cat as an “in between” feeling, image and technique. The artworks looks like traditional “nihongas”, just like I look like a “nihonjin” (Japanese person) but they’re not entirely, they can be from theme or imitation, its essence is kept, although I explored with Nikawa (rabbit skin glue) Gofun white and mineral pigments, other materials and technique used differ from strict traditions in the creative process and being self-taught in the world of Japanese traditional artistic materials, I had the freedom to blend all with other ways, and is on this blend were lay a representation of my own being.

On “Mr Mate in Shunso world” series, despite that they might be seen as a cute representation of cat paintings, I want to depict human personal emotions mixing them up with animal imaginery, solitude, discomfort or curiosity placed with a pinch of surrealism, irony and joy, discovering and being amazed by simple things and moments while playing around on the different seasons.

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Mr Mate in Shunso world and other spots

Images of works.

Picking persimmon, Mixed media on canvas 2018 90×50 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series.   Based on “Black cat” 1910

 

White cat picking petals, Mixed media on canvas 150×54 . 2019. “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series based on “しゅんじつ” 1902
Kitten hiding, Ink on canvas and pigments 2019 90×50 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series
Crackling leaves, mixed media on canvas 2018 90×50 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series based on “Kuroneko”  from 1910
Black cat and camellias. Pigments based colors on paper. 2017 42x59cm “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on “Black cat and camellia tree.”
Black and White cat walking on a park. Mixed media on canvas 150×54 . 2019 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on two different folding screen paintings. 【黒き猫】 屏風作品 and 猫に鳥
A nap. Natural pigment based colors on paper. 42x 59 cm 2017 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on  “Aogiri ni Neko” 1910
Sniffing lily’s. Pigments on silk backed on washi. 90x 50 cm 2017 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on “cat and bamboo.”
Blind cat in winter. Ink gouache and watercolor on canvas. 90×50 2019 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on Shiroki Neko
Black cat on a tree, Mixed media on canvas 150×54 . 2019 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on Kuroki neko.
Cat picking umeboshi. Mixed media on canvas. 90×50 2019 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on Neko Ume 1906
Black cat on gold leaf and ink. Mixed media on canvas 90×50 2019 “Other spots” series
Kitten riding a crow. Mixed media on silk 90×50 2017 “Other spots” series
Shaping pots after the rain. Watercolors on canvas. 150×54 2019 “Other spots” series
Picking kikus. Mixed media on silk. 90×50 2017 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on 猫に鳥
Cat waiting under camellias tree. ink and pigments on silk. 90×50 2017 “Mr Mate the cat In Shunso world” series, based on Tsubaki ni Neko 1909
Two cats and a ladybug. Mixed media, gold leaf on canvas. 150×54 2019 “Other spots” series