Japanese Ink & Brush Artist By Masami Fujikawa Paints Cats

I am in love with ink & Brush(Sumie) cat portrait by Masami Fujikawa. She lives and works in Osaka. She specializes in traditional ink & brush painting. She also uses Washi(Rice Paper), traditional Japanese paper which is art form itself. Each Washi is handmade and there are thousands of variations and require a lot of skills. You know sometimes a cat makes a special face that we all love but so unique to each cat, I feel like Fujikawa capture that moment.
She also adds poems alongside with her cats mostly praising how wonderful cats are. When you first look at her paintings, you will notice the wonderful expression of each cats, then your eyes start to notice her techniques. She is a master of brush techniques, it seems each stroke has a propose. What amazes me is her skill of utilizing the nature of Washi and ink, Washi is super absorbent paper, also very unforgiven. If you make a mistake then that is it. Very similar to watercolor. I love how she draw cat's fur. When you look at closely, you will see how naturally color spreads on to the paper creating wonderfully intricate hair.
Currently, Fujikawa shows her works in galleries all over Japan.


Angel and Kirby said...

That is amazing. Such skill.

Pattyskypants said...

Gorgeous! She obviously loves cats very much. Me too! xxoo Patty

jenpen said...

She does beautiful work. I love it. She's very talented.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

these are wonderful. i love how detailed the faces are and the bodies are left just slightly finished. The lines are wonderful. I know how hard watercolors are to paint w/I know these aren't watercolors but they ARE quite similar!

Sparkle said...

Those are great. We kitties are deceptively difficult to capture, but she has done it well!

CC said...

If you're not in Japan, is there any way to purchase her art?

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