Tokuhiro Kawai (1971-present, Japanese)

Tokuhiro Kawai and Cat, Japanese cat artTokuhiro Kawai (1971- present, Japanese) is a surrealist contemporary artist who weaves stories into his art. Sometimes relying on fantasy and magic, his works ignore gravity and perspective, stimulating thought and imagination with vivid colors. Kawai’s “regal” cats are whimsical; whereas other works are more serious, depicting cats as gods and devils.

His paintings of Regal Cats where Scottish Folds appear as kings find the cat the pampered center of attention of cherubs fluttering around and dotingly meeting every one of the cats’ needs.

Cats are Kawai’s favorite subject. He represents them as gods and conquerors who are sometimes power hungry.  This is apparent in the painting Captor where a cat stalks an angel from above and in the painting Ignorant Person where the cat sitting on a pillar has killed an angel as if it were a bird. 

In Umbrella Beach, Kawai uses the proverb of the cat predicting rain by washing itself. In Sandman, Kawai is illustrating his connection with other living creatures as well as the cat. 

No matter demon or god, Kawai captures the cat’s innate nature perfectly.

 

Tokuhiro Kawai Idea of a Certain Cat, 2004, Oil and Tempera on Board

Idea of a Certain Cat
2004

 

Regal Cat 2, Tokuhiro Kawai

 

Tame Cats Optical Illusion 2006 Tokuhiro Kawai

Tame Cat’s Optical Illusion, 2006

 

The occupation of a cat 2010 Tokuhiro Kawai

The Occupation of a Cat, 2010

 

Tokuhiro Kawai Smolder Thinking 2008

Smolder Thinking, 2008


Tokuhiro Kawai, Cherubs and Cat

Cherubs and Cat

 

Tokuhiro Kawai, My Friend's Cats

My Friend’s Cats

 

Two Regal Cats Tokuhiro Kawai

Two Regal Cats

 

Tokuhiro Kawai Ignorant Person 2004 cat art

Ignorant Person, 2004

 

Tokuhiro Kawai Captor, 2005 cat art

Captor, 2005

 

Tokuhiro Kawai umbrella beach cat art

Umbrella Beach

 

Tokuhiro Kawai, Sandman 2005 cat art

Sandman, 2005

 

Fairy in Garden, 2006 Tokuhiro Kawai cat art

Fairy in Garden, 2006

 

Each Idea, 2005 Tokuhiro Kawai cat art

Each Idea, 2005



Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2016 Laura Vocelle