michael sowa ain’t never caught a rabbit and he ain’t no friend of mine

Es­ti­mated reading time is 1 minute.

WHILE I WAS PLAYING with count­less themes in search of a new look for Rather Rare Records over the past few weeks, I posted a page with a note of apology and ex­pla­na­tion for all to see. To make the post eye-catching, I found this killer painting by Michael Sowa ti­tled “Frohe Os­tern” (“Happy Easter”), and used it as the page’s fea­tured image.

I re­ally like the painting and miss seeing it here, so I’m posting it again right here on this oth­er­wise point­less page that has nothing to do with col­lecting rather rare records.

But it is a fun painting!

Michael Sowa is a German artist known mainly for his whim­sical and sur­real paint­ings, which often fea­ture an­i­mals. A book of his paint­ings ti­tled Sowa’s Ark – An En­chanted Bes­tiary was pub­lished in 1996. He has also il­lus­trated sev­eral chil­dren’s books and albums.


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He gained new fol­lowers for his work on the 2001 film Amélie (also known as Le Fab­uleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, or The Fab­u­lous Des­tiny of Amélie Poulain) where art on building walls comes to life.

Sowa con­tributes il­lus­tra­tions to the satir­ical German mag­a­zine, Ti­tanic, and con­tributes to sev­eral well-known pe­ri­od­i­cals, most no­tably the De­cember 2, 2002 issue of The New Yorker.

PS: The title of this page is a ref­er­ence to Elvis Pres­ley’s re­working off the lyrics to Hound Dog where Elvis sings, “You ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine.” Nothing like this ap­pears in Jerry Steiber and Mike Stoller’s orig­inal song for Big Mama Thornton.



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