I created this oil painting based on a poster that I had seen in a restaurant in China, on the loo! The motive of this monkey left a longer lasting impression, but as I hadn’t taken a photo, I had to paint from memory many months later. It doesn’t look too much like the original, but as far as I recall, my painting came out better actually. The face looks a bit like my brother’s ;-) The original was a color pencil sketch on a ragged piece of paper, with secretive Chinese characters; which I replaced with Japanese characters. Anyone know what the Japanese text means?
I just did a quick check, and I guess that the original had to do with the Chinese zodiac. The Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year zodiac cycle. The Years of the Monkey include 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028… The monkey is seen as a smart animal, also in China. During the Chinese Spring & Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the Chinese title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, which is the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey.’ This either shows that the monkey is regarded to be as clever as a marquis… or the subordinates of the marquis had a great sense of humor.
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24 x 18 cm. Oil on canvas. 2016. “Munich in the fifties”
2016 was a very productive year – also painting-wise. This painting was inspired by a photograph found in the German newspaper “Sueddeutsche Zeitung“. The building was created by the Nazis (I didn’t realize that at the time of painting this motif). The photo was black & white, so I stuck to that color – and it works well to transmit the heat of the day when the photo was taken.
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I am very interested in Orientalist Art. These are paintings that provide a western-world view of what the orient should look like, and they have thus very little to do with the reality of the Orient, past or present. Having said that, this artform does remind me of the books that I used to read as a small boy, and has a great personal sentimental value for me. I collect related imagery here: https://www.pinterest.com/clemenssuter/clemens-orientalist-pics/
It was a cold Saturday afternoon, but we (the organizers: Clemens, Markus and Charlotte) were very happy about the big turn-out, the interest in our work and the opportunity to interact with our fans, readers and buyers.
Photography by Markus Pfeffer (in the fully renovated barn – the only place that was heated too :) “Fish XI” 2007 (Clemens Suter – sold)
Book reading by Charlotte Otter The book signing corner. In the background “Raven II” (2007, sold)
I had a chance to visit Kansas City. First surprise: this town isn’t in Kansas, but in Missouri, a relatively flat place with an abundance of farmland and space. Looked quite rural yet attractive from the air.
As usual I only had a couple of free hours in between, so how best to spend my time? Most US cities do not have an inner city that invites a leisurely stroll, so I had to come up with a plan B (although later I did discover that downtown Kansas City does have its charm). An Uber driver pointed out that the city had an art museum – he wasn’t impressed by it, but by his looks he wasn’t into art too much; more a baseball kind of guy.
So I took two hours for a fast visit to the Nelson Atkins museum of art, and indeed was in for a very big surprise, as shown on the photos below.
An impressive facade protects a rich exhibition, which was assembled by art scouts during the 1930 crisis: with wallets full of hard dollars earned the years before the economic collapse, these scouts bought artifacts and paintings from all over the world.
All in all, a visit to this temple of art is definitely time well spent!