michael sowa is composed surreally cryptic

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WHILE I WAS PLAYING with 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 sur­re­ally cryptic painting by Michael Sowa 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 such a fun painting!


Surreally cryptic Michael Sowa painting HAPPY EASTER.

This is “Frohe Os­tern” (“Happy Easter”), the painting that I used for the apology post.

Who is Michael Sowa?

Michael Sowa is a known German painter and illustrator.

Sowa is a master of the subtle and funny art, skillful old-brilliantly ex­plained, be­sides, is com­posed sur­re­ally cryptic, and is thought through till the smallest detail.

Per­fec­tion on the smallest space.

Simply bril­liantly.

The four lines above lifted from the home­page of Michael Sowa’s website.


Cover of SOWA'S ARK book collecting Michael Sowa surreally cryptic paintings.

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.


Poster for the US release of AMELIE which uses Michael Sowa surreally cryptic paintings.

In the 2001 French film Amélie (Le Fab­uleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, or The Fab­u­lous Des­tiny of Amélie Poulain), Sowa’s paint­ings on the hero­ine’s walls come to life. The poster above is for the US re­lease of the movie.


A Gallery Com­posed Sur­re­ally Cryptic

Michael Sowa's surreally cryptic painting THE MASTER'S VOICE.

The Mas­ter’s Voice


Michael Sowa's surreally cryptic painting AUTOBAHN PIG.

Au­to­bahn Pig


Michael Sowa's surreally cryptic painting BIKER.



Michael Sowa surreally cryptic illustration from LITTLE KING DECEMBER book.

Il­lus­tra­tion from the book Little King December


Michael Sowa's surreally cryptic painting THE GREAT SPRING TIDE OF 1858.

The Great Spring Tide of 1858


Michael Sowa's surreally cryptic painting FOUR IN A BOAT.

Four in a Boat


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