January 14, 2015

The Monkey King Art Collection

Sun Wukong (孙悟空) Art Collection
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curated by YellowMenace (20+ images)

    For over 400 years the tale, Journey to the West has been entertaining & inspiring audiences around the world. The handsome Monkey King is such a richly complex character, developing & changing through the course of his miraculous adventures.  

   Here I present for you, 16 artists from 8 countries with their interpretations of the Sage Equal to Heaven.
Felix Ip - https://www.behance.net/gallery/14406491/Monkey-King
Felix Ip - China

HAIKU Art Review: Sun Wukong

Seeking sutras for man's sins

We are all monkeys

SARYTH - http://saryth.deviantart.com/art/Twisted-monkey-265170368
Saryth - Thailand

   In the novel, Sun Wukong is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年) 1889 Japan

   Sun Wukong possesses an immense amount of strength; he is able to lift his 7,960 kg staff with ease. He is also extremely fast, able to travel 54,000 km in one somersault. 

Richard Nowitz for National Geographic - http://www.nowitz.com/
Richard Nowitz for National Geographic - USA

   The Monkey King knows 72 transformations, which allow him to transform into various animals and objects; however, he is troubled in transforming into other forms, due to the accompanying incomplete transformation of his tail.

Fenghua Zhong - http://www.artstation.com/artwork/buddha-palm
Fenghua Zhong - China

   Sun Wukong is a skilled fighter, capable of holding his own against the best warriors of heaven. Also, each of his hairs possess magical properties, capable of being transformed into clones of the Monkey King himself, and/or into various weapons, animals, and other objects.
Juan Doe - https://www.behance.net/gallery/2804009/Fear-Itself-Monkey-King-Marvel-2011
Juan Doe - USA

   He also knows spells that can command wind, part water, conjure protective circles against demons, and freeze humans, demons, and gods alike
SnowSkadi - http://snowskadi.deviantart.com/art/Monkey-King-174241058
SnowSkadi - Russia

   He is first known as Shí Hóu (石猴) "Stone monkey" because he's hatched from a magical stone egg.
Godtail - http://godtail.exblog.jp/
Godtail - Japan
Godtail - http://godtail.exblog.jp/

   On the Mountain of Flowers & Fruit, as leader of the apes he gives himself the title, Měi Hóuwáng (美猴王)"Handsome Monkey-King"
T Biddy - http://t-biddy.deviantart.com/art/monkey-king-204026243
Tyler Bradley - Canada

   When he travels to the Heavenly Kingdom, the Jade Emperor gives him the title, Bìmǎwēn (弼馬溫) "Keeper of the Heavenly Horses" 
Wang Yuxi - http://wangyuxi.deviantart.com/art/monkey-king-199632114
Wang Yuxi - China
   This is a highly detailed ink sketch featuring all the major characters from the book.
Wang Yuxi - http://wangyuxi.deviantart.com/art/monkey-king-199632114
Wang Yuxi - detail
   Please follow the links & view the hi-res version
Wang Yuxi - http://wangyuxi.deviantart.com/art/monkey-king-199632114
Wang Yuxi - detail

   After causing more trouble & rebelling against Heaven, Monkey takes the title, Qítiān Dàshèng (齊天大聖)"Great Sage, Equal to Heaven"
Gael Rice - http://gaby14link.deviantart.com/art/The-Monkey-King-329886718
Gael Rice - Canada

Natalie Wong - https://www.behance.net/gallery/1466423/The-Monkey-King
Natalie Wong - USA

Wang Ruilin https://www.behance.net/gallery/19655379/HIDESEEK-MonkeyKing-
Maria Ketka Trepalina - http://www.deviantart.com/art/Monkey-King-184200217
Aldren John Santos - https://www.behance.net/gallery/18951249/Monkey-King
Aldren John Santos - Philippines

Michal Lisowski - http://www.artstation.com/artwork/wukong-06c09fa9-9c28-4323-93fe-080c934aee80
Michal Lisowski - Poland

Saryth - Thailand

Info source: Wikipedia
Read the original Journey to the West or
the abridged version The Monkey & The Monk