Description In 'Catmasutra - The Enlightened Series', the cats are presented in meditative and mystical settings, with foundational ideas based on Asian philosophical traditions, notably Buddhism, Zen and Taoism. Using the trademark eyes-wide-shut and ear-to-ear grin of the Catmasutra cats as our true nature, worn as masks on the outside, beckoning us to be present in the here and now for the mystery of life. The meditative aspect begins with the artist's attempt to accept our true nature as is, and by referencing the process of inner transformation, presents an interplay of paradoxical concepts, revealing the essence in between. The space-engendering figures of the cat and it's other protagonists are contrasted with the flat and mystical background, and this allows for an endless amount of freedom for the fantasy of the child as well as the reflective imagination of the adult viewer.
Paul Koh, Singapore Member Since June 2007 Artist Statement Over the years, Paul Koh has created a unique body of captivating and vibrant cat-inspired art that has been extremely well-received and sought after. Quirky, amusing and karmic, Paul's paintings unveil an “in-between” world where innocence and mischief go hand in hand. In each of his paintings, the cats (based on his real-life pets, Halo and Angel) is the artist’s gateway to a new space, a wonderland where emotions are innocent enough to run free, and dreams more than just make-believe. The trademark 'eyes-wide-shut' and 'ear-to-ear grin' of the Catmasutra cats embody this deep-seated childhood innocence cum devil-may-care bravado. This is the essence of Paul's Catmasutra paintings... Check out his website at www.catmasutra.com