Anime (animals in mediums)

Throughout history, animals have been the subject of artistic inspirations.  Many of the animals depicted in art from the beginning of man range from mediums of wood & pottery, to the very ivory that was taken from the animal itself!  The artwork found at Kaishek's Gallery of Animals will be the mediums that animals have been used & created in.

Oil on Canvas "Exercising the Royal Horses" A painting; that's perhaps the most common answer given when asking any random person to describe a type of art. In this oil painting on canvas material, the artists portrays a daily exercise walking of the royal family's horses in old England. Notice the bright red coloration of the horseman; the sudden white color of one of the horses; & then a seemingly startled reddish-brown horse in the foreground? These warm colors contrast with the cool green & blue color variations of the background. A perfect way to have the main subjects jump out at the viewer.
Clay "Vessel with Human & Animal Figures" Besides cave paintings, one of the oldest forms of art known to man can be seen with pottery in clay form. The image displayed here is a running motif of a man (of obvious), antelopes or deer, mountains & goats. Speaking of a running motif, notice the pattern of repetition with the animals shown? This repetition is very common among pottery pieces, as the shape of the medium is rounded. A portrait-like pattern where a subject is the focal point, may not work so well on a round piece of material so a more neutral pattern meant for decorative purposes suffices on this piece as with many rounded mediums with artwork.
Porcelain "Figure of an Elephant" Mention the word porcelain & most people automatically think of toilets, or expensive dishware...or maybe even a material used to non-conduct electricity. But hundreds of years ago, Porcelain was a fine medium for artists & craftsmen. The interesting figure here depicts an elephant with what appears to possess dog-like characteristics as it sits in an upright position on its hindquarters. The uncharacteristic shape of this elephant is much like that of a dog even sporting a collar like a one. The tall legs indicate this as well since elephants appear to have shorter legs in proportion to their bodies. The textured ribs in the legs, trunk & chest match that of an elephant, however; an overweight dog–or even the breed of dog known as the Chinese Sharpei have extra flaps of loose skin as such. Is this an elephant head on a dog's body or a cartoon-ized elephant?
Watercolor "Outside the Walls of Suez, 8:30 am, 17 January 1849 (54)" Another popular form of painting, watercolors have long been used to give a very natural & unbroken depth in artwork. The natural shading given by the amount of water to paint ratio makes for some beautiful shading techniques. Unlike other forms of paints, watercolor paintings tend to be more drab in color versus the bright pigments one can create using oils or acrylics. The scene here shows what appears to be a collage of nomads or Middle-Eastern nomads...or, a group of people sitting outside the walls of Suez at 8:30 am on January 17, 1849. It's not difficult to see what the main subject of the painting is...camels. But using variety, the artist demonstrates that though the pictures are randomly illustrated with no sense of motion, the various scenes & depictions give enough contrast that viewers would be plenty busy observing the different angles of the camel & herdsmen/nomads.
Jewelry: Gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls, enamel "Parrot Pendant" Probably one of the most stunning collections at Kaishek's Gallery of Animals, this decked out jewelry piece of artwork is comprised of gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls, oh my! Even in this day in age, pieces of this nature are commissioned probably only by the wealthy. This parrot is lavishly decorated with jewels & gems & the colors are all-natural owing their beauty to the natural hues of earth's expensive stones. Another interesting texture piece is displayed here as the various mineral mediums are utilized to create this pendant. This artist offered plenty of variety to keep people searching for the next element. Where's the gold? Here are the pearls! Is this what ruby looks like? On top of the variety, the different textures from the smooth & round, glowing pearls to the gold-constructed framework make for a delightful piece to awe at.
Bone "Auerochs" The most popular way to display dinosaurs is through the use of bones; their own bones. Through reconstruction of skeletal figures, bones themselves, have become their own natural artwork. The skeletal remains of this Auerochs (a wild, extinct species of cattle that roamed over much of Asia) is displayed here at Kaishek's Gallery of Animals. As stated before, the bone itself is already the artwork. The artist might depend on one's religious (or lack thereof) views & can entitle this artist to God, evolution or maybe even to the individuals who reconstructed the animal. Either way, there's no better unity than to feel the harmony between all the parts of this artwork as each bone completes this piece. There need not be any other element added, or left out to make this another interesting piece of work.
Ivory "Ivory Hunting Horn" Though not as common today due to laws & regulations, ivory was once another natural medium that many artists & craftsmen were able to work with. Elephants tusks were the most widely used type of ivory, however; walrus teeth & other animals also provided ivory. The horn shown here was beautifully hand-carved & fitted with gold rings. The patterning in this piece of art are phenomenal! The alternating patterns of the various different kinds of animals also lends itself to repetition of the circles used to enclose these animals. Furthermore, the rhythm that these animals have is flowing in a leftward motion & perhaps, symbolic of the animals that should be or were harvested while this hunting horn was in commission.
Unglazed Stoneware "Jar with Applied Dragon, Animals & Reptiles" Another ancient art medium, stoneware was used as decorative pieces or kitchenware once completed. This piece of pottery is an ancient Chinese piece. The most evident indication of this is probably the mythical dragon carved into this piece. Because this piece is unglazed, the texture will remain rough when finished. With that being said, if one takes a closer look at the art, the texture in the scales of the dragon is intricately laid out in seamless perfection as it wraps itself around the vase. Other creatures adorn this piece, but it is the dragon that clearly makes it's mark as the focal point.
Bronze "Chandelier with Boa" Bronze is fairly common as a type of medium to work with for artists, especially during the Bronze Age when at the time, it was the strongest metal discovered. This interesting chandelier is wrapped with a boa constrictor & hung with masks of the romanticism during this era. Notice the contrast in color in the chandelier & the boa. The darker hues of the Chandelier are complemented by the lighter gold color of the boa making the boa the focus of the piece here. There is a natural rhythm in the flowing of how the snake is wrapped around the chandelier, however; there is no apparent pattern as much as there is a variety in the coiling the boa is doing around the chandelier.
Animal skin: (probably black-footed ferret), native leather, porcupine quills, wool cloth, silk ribbon, bird claws, brass bells and buttons, glass beads, metal cones, feather and animal hair. "Animal Skin Tobacco Bag" An intriguing piece of art this is as it is crafted using only organic animal materials. Not as common in art in modern terms, it's interesting to note that this piece was created by the Western civilization of the Eastern United States Plains. The shape of this rodent-like creature was created with fur as well eagle talons for the ears. Beads, buttons & bells hang as the legs & the tail is made from wool. Each piece used to create this artwork is uniquely different giving a variety of items to keep it interesting.
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