L’automne en images et en musique – 39


Tomoo Inagaki, le spécialiste des chats… En effet, il est surtout connu pour ses chats stylisés.


Tomoo Inagaki was born in 1902 in Tokyo. As a high school student and later as an employee of a steel company he dabbled as a self-taught artist in oil painting and in printmaking. Koshiro Onchi had published an art magazine about poetry and prints, called Poems and Hanga. The young Tomoo Inagaki was impressed by the modern prints published in this magazine – many by Koshiro Onchi and Unichi Hiratsuka. It gave him the last kick to make a decision for an artist career. He quit his job at the steel company and attended a commercial art class for two years.

As a graduate of a commercial high school, Inagaki had a natural sense for the financial aspects of life. He decided to go into commercial arts instead of becoming a fine but starving artist. He soon established his own commercial art studio in Tokyo.

Inagaki could make a living with his commercial design studio. This enabled him to continue to work as a print maker. But World War II put an end to his design studio.

Tomoo Inagaki died in 1980 in Tokyo. (source)


Woodblock print by Tomoo Inagaki 1902-1980 Title: Two Cats Wearing Necklaces.



Tableaux sur toile, reproduction de Tomoo Inagaki Cats 1964

D’autres dessins : 

Et retour aux chats :


Les chats de Charles Wysocki — L’été de l’art .37

Il paraît qu’aujourd’hui marque la journée internationale du chat (je pense que c’est tous les jours, la journée du chat ). Pour rendre hommage aux matous et aux minettes, voici les chats de Charles Wysocki (1928-2002) un peintre américain connu aussi pour ses représentations faussement naïves de la vie campagnarde américaine.

« I especially like to inject a touch of humor into my work. So much of art today tries to reach for the profound or is painted for shock value. I see life on the lighter side, in much simpler and more basic forms. I personally feel that art should be fun for the artist as well as the viewer. But I work hard at doing my very best to make each painting both as simple and as interesting as possible. It’s difficult. I try. Children, bless their clear eyes, enjoy the simplicity in my work and this really thrills me each time. Art appreciation is not exclusively for adults. I am constantly surprised at how articulate youngsters are in expressing themselves, how clearly they see connections, both within the paintings and to life. » –Charles Wysocki

J’ai vu que l’illustration ci-dessous existait en poster (et pouvait se commander en ligne)

Charles Wysocki - Classic Tails -  Print Poster  (Overall Size: 18.5x35.5)  (Image Size: 14x31)

Charles Wysocki Cat Picture ALL BURNED OUT

Et oui, c’est un livre aussi ….

Michael Forbes #L’été de l’art 7

Michael Forbes

MForbes - The Modern Prometheus

Michael Forbes is a Scottish artist. He was born in 1968 and currently lives and works in the relative isolation of a small village called Maryburgh, in the North of Scotland. Over the years, Forbes has well and truly established himself as a tour de force within the arena of New Contemporary Art. His work deftly weaves his unique brand of humour into paintings which fuse the world of pop culture with the surreal. While the majority of Michael’s subject matter is laced with wit and a hint of devilment, he is also a master at creating images which get to the heart of the human condition in an incredibly profound and poignant manner. Through the use of his own intelligent visual vocabulary, Forbes’ work is high in impact and doesn’t often leave the viewer in any doubt over his intended meaning.

MForbes - It's Only a Flesh Wound

MForbes - Outlaws

« I started painting because I had images in my head that I wanted to look at in the real world. Painting was a good way of getting them out. I’m self taught and living in the Highlands. I went a long time as a teenager thinking I was the only artist North of Edinburgh. I’m not, there are lots, but it took time to find them. » Michael Forbes