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Lucky Guardian Shisa Dog (detail)
Lucky Guardian Shisa Dog  (detail)
Lucky Guardian Shisa Dog - framed


Lucky Guardian Shisa Dog – 1 of 2 piece set Painting

seasonofvictory aka Linda Baritski

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Wood

Size: 27.5 W x 37 H x 1.5 D in

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Shisa dogs are traditional Ryukyuan guardians, a cross between a lion and a dog, seen everywhere in Okinawa (my birthplace). They’re found in pairs, usually guarding doorways, gates and rooftops from evil spirits. A variation of the Chinese guardian lions, they were first brought to the islands in the 15th century and Okinawan variations created. The one on the left always has a closed mouth and the one on the right always with an open mouth. It’s believed that one is male, one female, but there’s always debate on which is which. Some believe the open mouth shisa is the male, scaring away evil spirits, and the closed mouth shisa is the female preserving calm. Others believe the closed mouth shisa is the male keeping evil out, and the female is open mouthed, spreading positivity and inviting good spirits. This is my version of the open mouth shisa, inviting good spirits in the year ahead. I created the artwork by first illustrating the figure. I then had the artwork lasercut/engraved into thick wood. I hand-painted all details with acrylic paint. Please understand this is a handmade item, so will have textures and organic maker marks. The artwork has been professionally framed with a high quality bespoke frame. The moulding is white, mount is cream, in a perspex front box frame. This Shisa should be hung on the left when paired with the other Shisa. More information about the history and legend of Shisa Dogs: History: Like the komainu ("lion dogs"), the shisa are a variation of the guardian lions from China. From the Edo period, they started to be called "guardian dogs" in general in mainland Japan. 

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Painting:Acrylic on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:27.5 W x 37 H x 1.5 D in

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Linda Baritski, aka seasonofvictory, is an Asian American/British Artist & Illustrator based in London. She was born on the Ryukyuan island of Okinawa, raised in both Okinawa and the US, and has lived and worked in London for 24 years. Combining dynamic colour, patterns, and bold illustrations, her optimistic style brings a playful spirit to a diverse range of projects including branding, packaging, editorial, events, mural illustrations, site-specific installations, public art, homeware and much more. The flexibility of her style allows her to collaborate with an eclectic mix of global clients, start-ups and boutique brands, who share a similar appreciation of her vibrant, eye-catching style. Her work has been recognised by everything from Digital Arts Magazine to The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Her clients have included Beefeater Gin, Olay, Kiehl's, Expedia, Lush, The Guardian, Universal Music Group, Adidas, Red Bull and Google. Previous to freelancing, she was an Art Director at a media company and also worked at branding agencies in London.

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