Yokai: Folklore & Fables - Mister Toledo - "Caperucita Roja"
Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork measures 10 x 10 inches.
Scroll down to read a bit about the artist's inspirations
This piece is part of the group exhibition Yokai: An Art Exhibition of Folklore & Fables at Giant Robot Store running from July 10th, 2021 - August 6th, 2021.
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I knew I wanted to do a painting based on an old European fairy tale, so I decided on "little red riding hood" just because now as an adult I see this story a lot scarier. A little girl walking in the woods by herself in the woods to go see her grandma as she is getting stalked by a big scary wolf, and that same wolf eats her grandma and also the girl in some versions of the story. The more research I did on this fairy tale the scarier versions I have found since this story has been written by so many people but the two best known versions were written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm.
Just reading the story reminds me of when I was a kid and there were plenty of times I walked to school by myself or with a friend. We were all carefree, not worried about anything. Then I watched this show last year called "Most Dangerous Ways To School" these little kids risked their lives for a better future by going through a dangerous journey to school either with their siblings or by themselves. So this painting is inspired by that show of how dangerous and scary it is to travel alone. I would worry about getting lost, hurt, and attacked by a wild life.
In this painting you see this girl getting secretly stalked by the wolf behind trees. We as the reader/viewer see how scary the situation is even though the girl doesn't see the wolf and when she does she is not frightened. She actually thinks the wolf is her grandma when she gets to the house, so part of me thinks she's blind or something that's why I hid her eyes. The tree stump represents the Axeman, but I didn't put him because in the original there was no axe man.