CAT ART SHOW Pieces Released for Preview!

Last Thursday I wrote about the first ever Cat Art Show taking place in Los Angeles this month including an interview with curator Susan Michals and quotes from several of the artists. This morning a large number of the pieces  have been made public, allowing people to express their interest in making a purchase. So if you’ve got a little holiday money burning a hole in your pocket, don’t forget, a percentage of proceeds go to the all-cat rescue group Stray Cat Alliance of Los Angeles!

I’m excited to be able to share with you a few of my favorite works – a mere taste from what was released today (you’ll be happy to know black cats are well represented!). Unfortunately we still haven’t seen what Brandon Boyd (of rock band Incubus) has created, he’s playing it close to the chest, but we have a lot of other great pieces to share with you including Shepard Fairey’s work of art.  Enjoy the show!

Katherine Streeter "Pom Pom" Cat Art

“Pom Pom”
Artist: Katherine Streeter. Mixed media on stretched canvas (acrylic, ink, collage) 10″ X 10″ ($300-$999)

[I’m no art expert but there’s something about the colors and shapes in this “Pom Pom” (above) that soothes me and makes me happy. I could definitely see this hanging in my apartment.]

Shepard Fairey "Radical Cat"

“Radical Cat”
Artist: Shepard Fairey. mixed media(spray paint and acrylic paint) on collaged paper
18″ X 24″ ($1,000 – $4,999)

[This is not the first time Shepard has created artwork featuring felines , Cat To Run for Russian President and Hello Kitty, to name just a few. Interesting it turns out Fairey is actually allergic to cats, making one wonder about his fasciation with the species. As far the piece for the Cat Art Show he told Time Magazine,“Black cats have been unfairly vilified.” So he “depicted a black cat as a member of the Black Panther Party…just as superstitious people believe black cats are a threat, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover stated the Black Panther Party was the ‘greatest threat to internal security of the country.’ Likewise, cats are largely independent, and for those who find that quality about them unsettling, Fairey says his painting portrays how ‘aspects of independence can be celebrated by some and be seen as terrifying to others.'” Can always expect a deep and thoughtful explanation from Fairey!]

Joshua Petker's artwork, "Kevin the Ship Cat"

The proud (but nameless) muse in front of Joshua Petker’s piece, “Kevin the Ship Cat.” Oil on canvas, 30” x 30” ($5,000-$9,999)

[We may not know Joshua’s cat’s name, but  I’m a fan this self-proclaimed self-taught artist who started out in the graffiti merely due to his his response to an interviewer who asked what he would save in a fire. He replied, “my daughters, my cats, my journals.” pI also love that his name has “pet” in it!]  

Jill Greenberg “Glitch Cat (Morris)”

“Glitch Cat (Morris)”
Artist: Jill Greenberg
Artist Proof, archival pigment print
41″ x 50″ Edition of 3 ($5,000 – $9,999)

[Artist Jill Greenberg is a long time photographer of animals from cats to horses. If you’re a cat lover – as I’m certain you are – you’ll be sure to recognize her advertising work from the very clever Fresh Step print campaign which you can see here and here]

Dean Russo "Angora"

“Angora”
Artist: Dean Russo
Mixed Media on wood
18″ X 24″ X 2″ ($1,000 – $4,999)

[A Brooklyn pop artist, this is how Dean describes his work’s purpose on his FaceBook page, “The connection between us and our pets often defies words, but through the use of bright colors and abstract design I convey the happiness and joy they bring to our lives.”]

Rachel Schlueter  "Billy Raise By Raccoons"

“Billy Raised by Raccoons”
Artist: Rachel Schlueter
Oil on wood
12″x 14″ ($300 – $999)

 [What I’m dying to know is if Billy the cat was truly raised by raccoons. Does this make me  naive?****I just heard back from the artist and Billy was her cat and he was in fact raised by raccoons! I want to know more!*** Rachel Schlueter is a self-taught oil painter and mixed media artist who has made a career of painting cats and has five of her own (yay!). She knew cats would be a part of her life at a young age and says on her blog, “At four years old, I knew two things were paramount, those were cats and art!” and that hasn’t changed.” I love that she had her priorities straight at age four!]

Steve Schapiro  "The Godfather"

“Godfather”
Artist: Steve Schapiro
Silver gelatin photograph
16″ X 20″ ($1,000 – $4,999)

 [This photo is from an iconic opening scene of the Godfather while he pets the grey cat through his monolog bout friendship. Artist Steve Schapiro has photographed many celebrities and even published a photo book titled “The Godfather Family Album.”]

Diane Hoeptner LA CAT ART SHOW

“King”
Artist: Diane Hoeptner
Oil on Wood
16″ X 16″ ($1,000 – $4,999)

[Diane specializes in paintings of flora, cats and dogs. In some of her most recent work like “King,” she’s begun combining cats and flowers. Her feline art has had the distinction of being featured in the inaugural issue of “Modern Cat Magazine.”]

Rob Reger “40 Cats in 4 Directions”

“40 Cats in 4 Directions”
Artist: Rob Reger
Acrylic and oil on canvas
32″ X 32″ ($1,000 – $4,999)

 [According to the Cat Art Show Facebook page, this pieces was made by Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger. And the super cool thing about it? It spins!]

As Cat Art Show curator Susan Michals reiterated to the “Time” magazine interviewer, ”I want to be able to expose more people to art, and if a cat is the way to get them to look at different forms of art, then that’s how I have to do it.” I couldn’t agree more!

If you are interested in a particular piece for purchase, please send an email to: susan@catartshow.com

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  • jmuhj

    Love these — especially Shepard Fairey’s creation 😉 and “Billy Raised by Raccoons”!

    • Tamar

      And Jmuhj, i sent the artist a tweet, the one who did “Billy Raised by Raccoons” and it turns out Billy was her cat and was in fact raised by raccoons!!!!

  • Wow, I really wish I could see these pieces live. Maybe someday we’ll see one of my fine felines there…

    • Tamar

      Hey, it’s only their first year so if it goes well who knows! It would be amazing to see your work up there Bernadette!

  • Some great pics here, but KING is awesome!

    • Tamar

      King is pretty awesome and seems to be a crowd favorite!

  • These are all fabulous. Mom particularly loves “King,” but says all are way out of her budget. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    • Tamar

      I know what you mean about budget! But it’s still neat to see so much great cat work isn’t it!?

  • Trespassers William

    Shepherd Fairey is a serial plagiarist who never had an original thought in his life. You should be embarrassed for featuring “his” work here.

    http://www.art-for-a-change.com/Obey/index.htm?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=56076&utm_campaign=Web

    • Tamar

      To be clear, I’m not running the show. I’m just showing what they have in the show!

  • I can’t believe you’re totally on top of this event and you’re in New York and my human is in L.A., where it is being held and she has done jack because she can’t make the opening! I need to give her a good meowing to!

    • Tamar

      She should TOTALLY still go even though she can’t make the opening. And of course you should go to (she’ll have to smuggle you in since there are no cats allowed! shhhhh!)

  • These are fab and clearly I need to raise my prices for my cat art.

    • Tamar

      Seriously! I do love them as well! xo

  • Wow, those are amazing!

    • Tamar

      I know! There are so many I want!

  • Stunning work. Do they plan to make this an annual event? Or move the exhibit around the country?

    • I’m not sure. Haven’t heard anything it about traveling. I know this is the very first year they’ve done it. Will be sure to let you know what I learn! Thanks so much for your readership of I HAVE CAT! =^^=

  • For some reason, I really like Glitch Cat (Morris), though they are all fantastic. Way out of my price range, though.

  • Very cool! Love “Angora”

  • Love that this show is happening! I have been following Diane Hoeptner’s posts of absolutely beautiful renderings of cats! Love her!

  • moomstex

    Thanks for sharing. Wish I were back in LA to see the show! Inspiring.