Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 7th, 2012
Today, a new piece of art was added to the International Cryptozoology Museum. It is a watercolor and ink painting, “A Misunderstood Yeti” by Canadian artist Michael Joyal. It carries with it a spirit of thought-provoking pondering.
One of Winnipeg’s up-and-coming artists, Michael Joyal’s work draws the viewer into a world of wonder and mystery, where the divine and, sometimes, darkness lurk in unexpected places. He works in a number of mediums, pen-and-ink, watercolors, collages, shadowboxes … mixing and juxtaposing images upon slices of real life. Joyal received his BFA front the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. He has shown in group and solo shows in Edmonton, Ottawa, Halifax and Winnipeg.
For the cryptozoology museum, the painting is intriguing because, of course, to survive, the Yetis of southern Asia have to kill and eat prey. It is a rare artist who attempts to capture the imagery that must be associated with those moments. Artist Joyal recreates a precise point in time in this Abominable Snowman’s life, with the popular cultural whiteness of a Yeti, in contrast to the blood red resulting from an unseen encounter.
The museum is delighted to display this in our outer Art Room, beginning on May 7, 2012.
Please don’t forget to register your vote for the International Cryptozoology Museum before May 18th, as noted here.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.