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Cathie's gallery contains an assortment of originals, adaptations, reproductions of classics, and paintings following instructional books and videos. To see Cathie's own style in a selection of 100% original works, please click the following link: catherinejao.deviantart.com/ga…

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Play of Life (Pair of Fu Dogs on Pure Hemp Noren) by catherinejao
Play of Life (Pair of Fu Dogs on Pure Hemp Noren)
100% Hemp - Kibira. 129 cm high x 90 cm wide (45 cm each panel)

Fu Dogs (also called Chinese guardian lions, or Komainu) are commonly depicted in pairs, symbolizing yin and yang. Fu Dogs are believed to repel evil and ward against harmful spirits. They are usually found in the entrances of shrines and temples.

I've always loved these stone statues guarding entranceways. Inspired by that, and by how married couples invariably have opposing qualities that balance each other out in the best way possible, I made this design for my very first noren curtain. What about you guys, do you have any "opposites attract" stories this makes you remember? :)

For more angles of this and a full view of it, check out my Etsy page (where I am selling this) at tinyurl.com/z95lwn7

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Surviving Whichever Way I Land by catherinejao
Surviving Whichever Way I Land
sumi on Japanese paper mounted on cardboard (極上画仙紙 shikishi). 242 x 272 mm

2016.05  In order to commemorate surviving what looks to be a harrowing experience involving the loss of mobility and a struggle to recover that, I was asked by the husband of one very brave lady to design something uniquely for her.

This was based on some esoteric lyrics involving reptiles and lights, as well as the Isle of Man flag. It went through a lot of variations, but I am so happy with the way this turned out. It was faithful to its inspirations, but was also something more than those. I also love how it symbolizes resilience and strength.

When was the last time you were able to survive something you didn't think you could? Whenever it was, don't forget to recognize yourself for it!
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Braving Time (Karura Tapestry on 100% Hemp) by catherinejao
Braving Time (Karura Tapestry on 100% Hemp)
100% Hemp Linen. 47cm x 131 cm.

A Karura or Garuda (in Sanskrit) is a deity depicted with a human body and an avian head.  I first saw this in Sanjusangendo in Kyoto and was immediately arrested by it. Those in the temples signify bravery, and for me, having it play the flute means a certain bravery to keep being in time with the moments of life. When was the last time you remember being brave enough to face the present?

For more angles of this and a full view of it, check out my Etsy page (where I am selling this) at tinyurl.com/zhm94g7
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Mischievous Tiger by catherinejao
Mischievous Tiger
Reproduction of part of a painting by Kokuhou Shimei (谷鵬). March 2016. Sumi on pure hemp, approximately 38 x 22 cm.

Another of my experiments in hemp! I love the way this tiger looks so cute and coy, even though tigers are supposedly fierce ;) Have you encountered any welcome contradictions in your life?

In other news, watch out for my bigger works coming soon in this medium! Next up are tapestries and norens ;)


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Starting the week after next, the illustrated book I've made over the course of last year, along with some of the original paintings, will be displayed in a group exhibit at Gallery Lumo (Fukuoka) and Pinpoint Gallery (Tokyo).

If you guys are in the area during that time, please drop by and let me know what you think! 

再来週から福岡のGallery Lumo と東京のPinpoint Galleryにて墨絵の作品と作った製本を展示しております。お時間がある方は是非足を運んでいただけると幸いです。(^^)v

2016 0310 Ehon Exhibit Dm by catherinejao

2016 0310 Ehon Exhibit Dm Back0001 by catherinejao


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catherinejao
Catherine Jao
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
Japan
Catherine is a Chinese-Filipino professional ink painter based in Kyoto, Japan. She paints in both Sumi-e and Nihonga (Japanese painting) media. She does paintings on handmade paper and on traditional shikishi board.

Her paintings are done in her own take on various traditional Japanese ink-painting styles. She often paints in the following genres: Bijinga (beautiful women), classic oriental portraits, Zenga (Zen Buddhist paintings), and occasionally landscapes, abstract paintings, and bird & flower paintings.

If you are interested in commissions or in purchasing originals, please send an e-mail to catherine.c.jao@gmail.com.

If you are on Facebook, please like Catherine Jao's Art fan page at www.facebook.com/catherine.jao… also.
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Starting the week after next, the illustrated book I've made over the course of last year, along with some of the original paintings, will be displayed in a group exhibit at Gallery Lumo (Fukuoka) and Pinpoint Gallery (Tokyo).

If you guys are in the area during that time, please drop by and let me know what you think! 

再来週から福岡のGallery Lumo と東京のPinpoint Galleryにて墨絵の作品と作った製本を展示しております。お時間がある方は是非足を運んでいただけると幸いです。(^^)v

2016 0310 Ehon Exhibit Dm by catherinejao

2016 0310 Ehon Exhibit Dm Back0001 by catherinejao


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SomniVision Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional
Lovely gallery! I admire your technique and skill with sumi-e :) I hope to see more from you!
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catherinejao Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much! I hope to see more of yours as well!
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Yaoyaoyao5168 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your work ! 
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catherinejao Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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mikartmilo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I just found your work while browsing just got lost in your gallery so many beautiful pieces of art. Very inspiring! :)
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catherinejao Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that you took the time to look through it!
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hiru-miyamoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! =)
My name is Hiru Miyamoto, I'm brazilian illustrator and I live in Japan for 13 years.
I'm looking for illustrators or photographers people who lives in Japan, japanese or foreigners, to became friends here.
I'm watching you, if you are interested, please watch me deviantart account to and send me a message, I can speak japanese, portuguese, and a little of english and spanish.
And my facebook account is Hiru Miyamoto, feel free to add me. (^^)
Bye bye! (^^)
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catherinejao Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the invitation! I will certainly check out your page :) Very adorable illustrations by the way!
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elvenelegance Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the comment! First comment so far on my photography!
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Spumped Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I reeeallly dig your style!
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