Heather Busch and Burton Silver
This is a must for all art lovers. It's our favourite book and comes as highly recommended as we can make it. It's a superbly photographed record of the artistic cat at work. Encourage your humans to go out and buy it today. You can also visit Why Cats Paint on the web.
Lavishly illustrated and thoroughly researched, it outlines the many different aspects of feline creativity and offers a detailed examination of representative works from some of the best-known cat artists around the world. Twelve major painters, from spontaneous reductionist to neo-synthesist are covered in depth. Other art forms including sculptural works with furniture, nocturnal installations using rodents and sratch markings using litter and sand.
Pepper and Venus.
"Pepper painting 'Exposure #14' in his Manhattan studio. The relationship between artist and model is complex. Pepper uses his models provocative pose to explore his own special reaction to it. Here Venus adopts an advanced exposure position. On occasions she could maintain this for up to 15 minutes."
Minnie Monet Manet.
"Minnie paints with enormous speed and pixie-like vigor, scarcely pausing to consider the work until it is complete. Her paintings, which contain unusual horizontal marks, refuse to be contained by the need for conventional boundaries and overflow the canvas in a vital yet balanced manner."
"Maxwell with Gerty, a work in progress. Clever use of negative space between the loosened brocade and it's upper support seems to imply an open mouth, while his intricate claw work on the adjacent apex gives a subtle indication of a wet nose catching the light. Two vertical threads hanging from the lower jaw now immediately suggest drooling and the whole work (including the legs) almost certainly portrays the frontal aspect of Gertrude, the St. Bernard with whom Maxwell shares his home."