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Ignatz Parallel Universe Screenprint

Charlie Spear

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Peru, IN - United States

I agree, Gary, and it is for me paramount to enjoy what I am doing. Out of this flows the creativity and zest in my art. You do also!!!

San Jose, ca - United States

Charlie, Thanks for taking notice of another of my paintings. Looking in on your site once again, I noticed this piece, and I thought, "Look, Charlie is still having lots of fun!" I think that the chief responsibility of the artist is to provide a good time for him/her self. Gary

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Ignatz Parallel Universe Screenprint


Charlie Spear


Painting - 4-color Acrylic Ink On Archival Cotton Paper


Ignatz of 'Krazy Kat' has always been a favorite character of mine. Herriman's cartoon style heavily influenced my own personal landscape style. I don't remember when I first saw Krazy Kat, but I think I must have been in the third grade when I first got my library card to Washington Elementary School Library in Evansville. I drew Ignatz but not the cat... Herriman's style is also similar to Philip Guston's (which I like) cartoon style yet not as loose in line but is in character. My nickname by the way in school was "mouse". I was only 4'5".
Krazy Kat is an American comic strip created by cartoonist George Herriman (1880�1944), published daily in newspapers between 1913 and 1944. It first appeared in the New York Evening Journal, whose owner, William Randolph Hearst, was a major booster for the strip throughout its run. The characters had been introduced previously in a side strip with Herriman's earlier creation, The Dingbat Family.[1] The phrase "Krazy Kat" originated there, said by the mouse by way of describing the cat. Set in a dreamlike portrayal of Herriman's vacation home of Coconino County, Arizona, Krazy Kat's mixture of offbeat surrealism, innocent playfulness and poetic, idiosyncratic language has made it a favorite of comics aficionados and art critics for more than 80 years.[2][3][4]

The strip focuses on the curious love triangle between its title character, a guileless, carefree, simple-minded cat of indeterminate gender (referred to as both "he" and "she"); the obsessive antagonist Ignatz Mouse; and the protective police dog, Offissa Bull Pupp. Krazy nurses an unrequited love for the mouse. However, Ignatz despises Krazy and constantly schemes to throw bricks at Krazy's head, which Krazy misinterprets as a sign of affection, uttering grateful replies such as "Li'l dollink, allus f'etful". Offissa Pupp, as Coconino County's administrator of law and order, makes it his unwavering mission to interfere with Ignatz's brick-tossing plans and lock the mouse in the county jail.

Despite the slapstick simplicity of the general premise, it was the detailed characterization, combined with Herriman's visual and verbal creativity, that made Krazy Kat one of the first comics to be widely praised by intellectuals and treated as "serious" art.[2] Art critic Gilbert Seldes wrote a lengthy panegyric to the strip in 1924, calling it "the most amusing and fantastic and satisfactory work of art produced in America today."[5] Poet E. E. Cummings, another Herriman admirer, wrote the introduction to the first collection of the strip in book form. Though Krazy Kat was only a modest success during its initial run, in more recent years, many modern cartoonists have cited the strip as a major influence.


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