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Vriad Lee and Michael Sowa

August 25, 2010

Two quite unrelated artists that I bind together in my mind are Vriad Lee and Michael Sowa.

Perhaps they would not even know of each others’ work, the first is from Russia and

the latter from Germany. One works with wool and felts soft toys, the other creates

amazing oil paintings that are often surreal and yet whimsical at the same time.

They both are crazy about animals and give us, the viewers, a sneeky peek into a

world only they can see. Once you’ve been treated to a glimpse of their work,

I guarantee you’ll be wanting more.

Perhaps it’s the beady little eyes that hold their secret …

I love Michaels’ rabbits, I want to know more about their lives and more to the point

where do they shop for clothes, and get their train ticket fares from ?

Don’t you think the top right image here

has a nod towards that famous James Dean in the rain photograph ?

perhaps he’d gone out looking for his pet rabbit ?

Iconic image by Dennis Stock.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Christina L. permalink
    July 27, 2012 7:54 am

    Where do you think I could find a print of “Herbert” by Michael Sowa. I can’t seem to find that particular print anywhere online. Any ideas?

    • July 27, 2012 9:44 am

      Hi there, I did a quick scan online too and couldn’t find anything. I think Herbert may have appeared in Sowa’s 2010 calendar and if I still have a copy of it and it’s in an ok condition you’re welcome to the page. Otherwise I’d contact ‘’ and any similar sites and see if they may have a spare copy or plans to reprint. Good luck

      • Christina L. permalink
        July 29, 2012 3:04 am

        Thanks for checking! I may just take you up on that offer, but I’m going to try a specialty poster shop first.

  2. August 27, 2012 2:09 pm

    Wonderful work, want to befriend rabbit 🙂 I see the connection to felt animal pieces, very nice!

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