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Tigers on the canvas

DANISH artist Jannie Kloster's solo exhibition echoes well with the city's festive aura in celebrating the Year of the Tiger.

Featuring nearly 70 of her canvas paintings, the exhibition is currently running at the J Gallery.

Brightly hued tigers and herd of cats in an imagined world reveal the artist's true passion and an optimistic attitude toward life and nature.

Born in 1951, Kloster has been living since 2005 with her husband in Shanghai, where she works in art, purchasing and design.

"I am an autodidact," she says with a smile. "But I also took private lessons tutored by American, Spanish and Chinese artists."

Viewing Kloster's canvases, visitors could almost forget anything related to technique.

Her works again prove the saying: "Which is more important? Technique or a free innovative heart?"

Of course, Kloster's background in design adds a plus to her paintings, as she is sensitive to make full use of visual effects in her paintings.

"I always knew that I wanted to paint cats and tigers, but in a little crazy and humorous way," she explains. "For me, cats and tigers are beautiful, clever and funny animals, and they are as different as people can be - each is unique and has its own peculiar expression. If you know an animal well, you can understand its body language and way of looking."

Inspired by China's old furniture design in gold, red and black lacquer colors and by her life in Asia, Kloster often paints with striking hues, which radiate an incredible energy.

"The colors symbolize that even though everything in life is not necessarily bright and positive, it gives a balance and a whole that make sense and make me strong; it makes my life exciting."

The highlight of the exhibition undoubtedly goes to Kloster's "Tigers."

Most of the pieces focus on their facial features, similar to the "instant moment" captured by a camera.

"I paint close because it enhances expressions, the tigers seem stronger and radiate more energy, which makes the painting more intriguing," she points out. "I want to paint tigers in a slightly crazy way."

The various colors of the tigers even have different meanings.

For her, the red tiger is powerful and symbolizes fire, heat and power. In the green tiger, the artist fuses trees, foliage, leaves, grass and nature in illustrating a healthy environment and beautiful scenery.

"With the blue tiger, I want to visualize the sea, lakes and ground water," she says.

Obviously tigers become a media in which Kloster reveals her hidden motives.

"I hope to provoke imagination and create new visions for the viewer," she says.

Date: through March 20, 10am-6pm

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