Monology Samuraicat Blue
Acrylic, 33 x 24 x 26 cm
About the artwork
Standing proud and tall, Hiro Ando's take on the traditional samurai is cast in the form of Japan's favourite Lucky cat. A bringer of wealth, prosperity and good fortune, Lucky cat now simultaneously takes on the role as an empowered, unflinching samurai warrior, applauded for their bravery and loyalty in pre-modern Japan. With three katanas and an impressive countenance, Hiro's Samurai cats and their stark colour schemes have a distinguished air to them that embody the Artist's Neo-pop style as well as the spirit of orthodox Japanese culture.
About the artist
Acquiring his degree from the University of Art, Hiro Ando began his prolific career in 1995 in Tokyo, depicting its nighttime urban landscape. With a lot of inspiration, the streets proved to be an endless source of material for his narratives which often included the red fish in addition to the urban background. The act of the red fish in his paintings greatly reminds of the ancient Japanese watercolor paintings, thus making his work permeated with both a contemporary and traditional feeling. With his artistic beginnings tied to illustration, he would draw several sketches before actually working on the canvas, and his practice has since spread to video material, digital support, and sculpture.