This nutria or South American coypu is drawn in graphite by Jean Cate. One of several models in the shop menagerie, this nutria is our humble protector of ceramic tools and water-soluble crayons. Here, the animal is on its hind legs, as if poised while collecting twigs and brush to build a raft, a craft of which they are capable. The drawing is soft and mischievous as if the nutria can foresee the enjoyment of a boat ride.
18" x 12" giclée print on Fine German Etching Paper 310gsm / 18 mil by Hahnmühle with torn edges, edition of 80 signed and numbered. Printed in Chicago.
Jean Cate is a Chicago based artist and owner of Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things. She studied painting, drawing and ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She creates evocative paintings and drawings exploring atmosphere, isolation, emptiness and harmony within chaos.