The Japanese painter Chisato Abe graduated from Osaka Art University. When she was young, she became so fascinated by gorillas that she decided to concentrate her art on them. Her work reflects the individuality of gorillas, and she only paints the gorillas that she has met all over the world. Chisato Abe had several exhibitions in Japan and illustrated many books for children.Wie sind Sie zu den Gorillas gekommen?
HOW DID YOU GET TO GORILLAS?
Als Kind sah ich einmal einen Gorilla im Zoo – da fing meine Leidenschaft für Gorillas an. Seit fast 30 Jahren reise ich in der ganzen Welt herum, um Gorillas zu beobachten und zu zeichnen. Die Grauergorillas und die Berggorillas zu sehen war wunderbar, und diese Begegnungen wurden zur Grundlage für meine Arbeit.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES GORILLAS SO SPECIAL?
When I draw gorillas, I hope that I would like to draw their beautiful spirits in the depths of their eyes.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK CAN HELP GORILLAS?
I hope that Japanese children can more deeply understand about gorillas and feel more familiar to gorillas by reading my picture books. I believe children can understand gorillas - it will lead to conservation activities in the future.