Gu Yingzhi (1945-present, Chinese)

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese Cat artistGu Yingzhi (1945-present, Chinese) who is lovingly referred to as the “Queen of Cats” began her art career early by studying calligraphy and copying paintings by the masters. She attended the Tianjin Arts and Crafts Design Institute where she practiced painting in the Western style.

Her paintings of cats caught the eye of the Chinese president Deng Xiaping and her work, Five Cats with Butterflies was chosen to adorn his office wall. Many of her paintings have been given as state gifts to visiting dignitaries.

 

Five Cats with Butterflies, Gu Yingzhi

 

Yingzhi has produced over a thousand sketches of cats, capturing them in playful poses, catching bugs and butterflies. Her works combine her mastery of calligraphy and painting while portraying cats as elegant hunters or in peaceful contemplation. The Chinese painter Sun Quifeng said of her works, “The cat drawings by Yingzhi are created with her own original skills… and exceptionally commendable with their fine brushwork and freehand brushwork as well. None of her works are not true to life and not lively in appearance and spirit. She may be called an expert in painting.”

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat artist

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Siamese cat

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Cat Drinking, Chinese cats

 

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Black Cat, Chinese cats

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats in art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, cats in art

 

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Cats in Asian art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Japanese Bobtail cat

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Cat and Flowers, Chinese art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats in art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats in art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat art

 

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cat art

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats

 

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Kitten with string, Chinese

 

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese art cats

 

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Chinese cats

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Cat and Mouse, Chinese

 

 

 

Gu Yingzhi, Sleeping Cat, Chinese

 


 

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