Tokuhiro Kawai (川井徳寛) is a surrealist painter from Tokyo. He creates fairy-tale like surreal paintings through traditional oil techniques. His creations are beautiful, dramatic, fun and fascinating but one of his painted subject might have exceed him in gaining recognition on the cyberspace: the bicolor scottish fold king cat with crown.
The first oil painting of the Scottish fold living the dream. ("Idea of a Certain Cat", 2004, Oil and Tempera on Board)
The cat in the painting looks familiar to you? Maybe it is because you have seen the other famous painting in reddit / tumblr / facebook / pinterest / blogs:
If a cat understands the concept of royalty, will this be a cat's default portrayal? ("飼い猫の幻視 / Tame Cat’s Delusion", 2006, Oil on Canvas)
Tokuhiro Kawai told Vice that “Tame Cat’s Delusion” is a painted scene showing the eternal fulfillment of the cat who desires to be the boss of the world and being crowned by angels and becomes a king. More cats in the same style:
More cats! Glorious cats doing the best they can in whatever cats do. ("燻る思考たち / Smolder Thinking", 2008, Oil on Canvas)
Sometimes we will think: how do cats actually perceive everything around them? Is it all about living a simple life or they think they rule everything? Where do these cherubs come from?
The Scottish fold living the life. ("猫のなりわい / The occupation of a cat" 2010, oil on canvas)
The cats look cute and real because of their well painted furs, cats’ expressions and the artist’s oil painting technique. All details add up to a lively cute cat with thoughts of its own.
The scottish fold being portrayed as the one who has drumstick in mind. ("それぞれの思考 / Each idea", 2005, oil and tempera on board)
The scottish fold with crown is a crowd’s favorite for it expresses the cat’s thoughts and feeling well. One of the netizen tried to dress a look-alike pet cat with red handkerchief but the result is hilarious.
When life imitates art, hilarity ensues. Note: The real cat is not the cat in the painting.
We are not sure if Tokuhiro Kawai’s scottish fold is based on a real Scottish fold. We hope it is; based on the cat’s colour pattern on the series are quite consistent. For now, all we knew is that Tokuhiro Kawai had 2 family cats in his life: the first cat lived for 16 years until Tokuhiro Kawai is 12 years old and the second cat lived for 19 years since Tokuhiro Kawai was 17. He no longer keeps a cat so cat is not the main subject in his paintings… for now.
Check out Tokuhiro Kawai’s other artworks at this site and also his blog. His cat-less paintings are awesome too.