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.
Naturally all of these paintings can be purchased by you (unless otherwise mentioned in this blog; many of these paintings have already found a new owner). All paintings are originals, done in oil on canvas – single and unique items.
Cats are a powerful, dynamic motive. I’m not very fond of cats because I have an allergy, and therefore I’m more of a dog person, out of necessity you could say. Nevertheless I find cats intriguing organisms because they act very independently, and of course they can have a very lovely relationship with their human. It has been said that humans own a dog, but that a cat owns a human, which sums it up nicely! It is all about the nature of these hunters: wolves hunt in packs and chase their prey to exhaustion, whereas cats are stalking hunters, they act alone and out of the silence of the night, they jump from the shadows on their unsuspecting prey. And as cats and dogs compete for the same food sources, they are competitors, which explains the sometimes strained relationship that dogs and cats have with one another.
For painting, cats are very grateful motives and of course I’ve noticed that many of the people that are interested in my work love to put one of these cat portraits on their wall, I have sold many of these.
For these small paintings I’ve used oils, water paint, spray paint, sand and pigment powders; on heavy, structured paper. These paintings are quite small at 15 by 10 centimeters.
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/
Already a few weekends back, but the third exhibit and book reading was again a success. The proceeds of the sales of my paintings and books have already been donated to charity: helping the people in Ethiopia.
Below photos of the paintings that were shown.
Thanks to the co-exhibitors Charlotte Otter, Christian Lenze and Ruben Crazzolara!