Urbancat Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel, 100 x 52 x 65 cm
About the artwork
Hiro Ando implements his own artistic twist on Japan's traditional "Maneki Neko" (Lucky cat), a symbol of good fortune. The strong, insolent stance and shiny steel surface of the Urban Cat makes the sculpture a statement piece and a strong contrast to Ando's Warrior Cat series, showing his different interpretations of one of Japan's most traditionally celebrated icons.
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.