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)
D’autres dessins :
Et retour aux chats :
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)
Et oui, c’est un livre aussi ….
Je n’ai pas pu résister à l’envie de vous partager les oeuvres qui suivent !
Kazuo Horitomo est un artiste japonais qui vit en Californie. Ses deux passions ? les chats (et dessiner les…) et le tatouage !
Son site web
Son instagram tattoo