Are you as tired of all the international politics, trade talks and trade tariff wars with China as I am?? To give you a hopefully welcome break from all the negative media on the world stage, I bring you one of my newest caticons, a print by artist Walasse Ting. Featuring four brightly colored cats in hues of light blue, apricot, tangerine, and dark lavender seated amongst a backdrop of green foliage with red flowers, the dazzling colors of this print are sure to inspire bold creativity, if not positive international relations.
Walasse Ting also known as Ding Xiongquan or Ting Hsiung-ch’uan was quite the world traveler. Born in Wuxi, China in 1929, he lived in Hong Kong, before moving to Paris where he befriended avant-garde artists such as Karel Appel. His next move took him to New York and the pop art scene. His final home was in Amsterdam. I find it interesting that he is categorized as a “Chinese American” artist when he was so much more international.
Considered a master of popular figuratism, he created his distinctively colorful work using Chinese calligraphic brushstrokes to create black outlines which he then filled with bold splashes of acrylic color perhaps inspired by the pop art and abstract expressionism he encountered while in New York.
Of course, cats were a favorite subject, along with nudes and other animals. Indeed, the photo of Ting most widely found on the Internet is one of him cradling a black and white cat.
His work garnered international acclaim and is found in the Tate in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Make CAT ART, not war!