L2 - Warrior Cat Black
Fiber Glass Resin
55 x 30 x 80cm
Hiro Ando implements his own artistic twist on Japan's traditional "Maneki Neko" (Lucky cat), a symbol of good fortune. Traditionally when both its paws are raised, Maneki Neko represents a protective figurehead, a notion now underscored by the artist's rendition of the creature with both its paws holding up shields defensively. The selfless stance and striking glossy surface of the Warrior Cat series makes the sculpture a statement piece, showcasing the valiant and courageous front of one of Japan's most traditionally celebrated icons.
- +Artist Bio
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.
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