cats in art and a monotype of a cat
This is a monotype I did some time ago - made by doing a random roll up of the printing plate with the honey/burnt sienna coloured printing ink. I then made cut out stencils from newspaper and overprinted with the black ink. With monotypes there can only be one, it isn't possible to recreate the print again. For this type of printing you don't need a printing press, you can just place the paper over the printing plate and rub the back with a baren or your palm to pick up the ink from the plate. He looks a bit cross at being disturbed.
I've been looking at cats in art from the earliest times and found some beautiful examples :)
Simplified for a poster this ad still catches the fluidity and expectant attitude of the cats beautifully.
Sadanobu Hasenawa 1970
An all black cat isn't the easiest of subjects. This image is so simple and so economically done and catches a moment in time superbly as does the image below,
Both of the above show a clear oriental influence in their elegant simplicity, balance and fluidity.
One of my favourite artists is Gwen John and her sensitive cat paintings are a delight. They have the soft colours and tones typical of her work and she catches the character and attitude of her subjects - the fat little puddle of fur in the middle is just gorgeous :)
Again, simplification but this time a Fauve image, colourful and bold.
and then , a rather strange cat by Picasso - I'm not a great fan of Picasso but thought I'd include it as another way of looking.