Posted: 18 September 2012 Filed under: Artists | Tags: animals, art, artists, cats
‘Time spent with cats is never wasted.’
– Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Bast the feline goddess of ancient Egypt
Four cats in different poses by Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Mademoiselle Julie Manet with cat by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Girl with a Kitten by Lucian Freud
The Cat by Alberto Giacometti
Black Cat Leaping by David Hockney
Reflection by John Ryrie
Cat by Kiki Smith
Falling Cat by Noel McKenna
Sergey by Rona Green
Posted: 23 April 2012 Filed under: Inspiration, Rona | Tags: art, Borneo, cats, Dalmatian, Dayak, dogs, George Burchett, headhunters, Horace Ridler, Iban, inspiration, Kuching, linocuts, prints, Rona Green, tattoo, The Great Omi, wild men
‘All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.’
– Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
Please join a tour of the creative thought process that lead to my series of prints titled Borneoids.
A French made map of Borneo
Borneo, the third largest island in the world.
The Wild Men of Borneo
The mysterious island lends it name to quite a few modern wild man myths such as Hiram and Barney Davis (aka Waino and Plutano) who were transformed into the Wild Men of Borneo earning a great sum of money as side show stars.
Statue of cats in Kuching
Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, Borneo and is also known as Cat City.
Another cat statue, Kuching
Cat City is riddled with wacky cat sculptures as well as real life felines nosing around.
The Dayak are the native people of Borneo.
Traditional Dayak tattooing ceremony
For the Dayaks headhunting and tattooing are important ritual activities.
Borneo tattoo designs
The Dayak are traditionally animist in belief and their tattoo designs are sophisticated stylisations of flora and fauna.
One particulary impressive plant native to Borneo is the Rafflesia.
Borneo rosette design
The Iban in particular are a heavily tattooed branch of the Dayak peoples of Borneo.
A swanky Iban man
The Great Omi (aka Horace Ridler, 1892-1969) was a professional freak.
The Great Omi
Part of Omi’s side show schtick was claiming to have been captured and tortured via tattooing in New Guinea.
George Burchett tattooing Omi
Actually he was inked by the ‘King of Tattooists’, George ‘Professor’ Burchett.
Who doesn’t love a black and white patterned animal?
Rona Green, Dally-boy, 2006, linocut & watercolour, 69 x 55 cm, edition 23
Rona Green, Cutter, 2006, linocut & watercolour, 69 x 55 cm, edition 23
Rona Green, White Rajni, 2006, linocut & watercolour, 54.5 x 38 cm, edition 23
Rona Green, Goo Goo Man, 2006, linocut & watercolour, 54.5 x 38 cm, edition 23
Be sure to check out this mesmerising little clip of The Great Omi.