About a year ago, I started pawing through this book my BFC and BMC have, called Why Cats Paint. It sparked my interest in art, and though I still don’t know much about it, I know what I like. As a Yuscie, I’ve come to enjoy art—it takes my mind off the pressures of running my household.

Because of my wise cat food stock investments, I have been able to purchase some of the best works by important feline artists. In my excitement, I wanted to add culture to my site so I’m proud to display them here for the first time. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Currently I’m in negotiations with the BBC—they want to produce a documentary on my collection in conjunction with PBS, MOMA, and the National Gallery of Art.

Kit Warhol
Four are Better than One (1979)
Kit Warhol, American
There are so many books about Kit so you’re probably already familiar with him. Even after all these years, his bold colors and powerful imagery have passed the test of time. Kit predicted we would all have 15 minutes of fame...I’m still waiting for mine.

virginia o'kat
Cat Skull with Purple Iris (1940)
Virginia O’Kat, American
I find O’Kat’s Southwestern skull and flower works interesting. The way she combines images and colors brings the desert right into your own house. I can almost imagine scratching in that sand!

tab lewitt
Series C (1981)
Tab LeWitt, American
In order to round out my collection, I needed to include one of Tab’s minimalist works. Although he’s known primarily for his sculptures, he does do the occasional painting. This one reminds me of some good boxes I’ve been in. I know some of you cats out there won’t get this one, but abstract art isn’t for everyone. Enjoy!

Black Form No. 30 (1933)
Paws No. 6 (1934)
Tomcat Weston, American
Any good art collection must include a Tomcat Weston photo or two. Tomcat was the “father of modern photography.” I like his model. Don’t you think these photos suggest nap time?

roy licktencat
Starve (1965)
Roy Licktencat, American
Licktencat’s wit tickles my funny bone. How could I pass this one up. It hangs proudly on our kitchen wall above my food dish to remind my BFC and BMC that I don’t eat generic food.

tiger hockney
The Most Beautiful Cat in the World Takes a Bath, California, 1976 (Big Blue Tub Series)
Tiger Hockney, British
I found this one to be a good representation of Tiger’s work. I admire him as he’s often described as the English Kit Warhol and vice versa. This image defines his style and brightens up our litter box area.

rex paschke
Sparkie—Mundo Catnipo (1986)
Rex Paschke, American
When I first saw this one, I knew I had to have it. Rex is a local artist and I’ve been following his work for the past couple months. I took a chance on purchasing this one—it hangs near the space heater. Looks cozy, doesn’t it?

pablo picatso
Nude by Window (1956)
Pablo Picatso, Spanish
Only once in a hundred years do we get a talent like that of Picatso—a few lines clawed on a piece of paper—masterpiece! I really had to work my tail off to get this etching. I bought it from an old tabby who was retiring to Florida. He didn’t get to be a rich Fat Cat by being stupid! This piece cost me a paw and a hind leg, but it was well worth it. At last, I can ask Coretta to come up and see my etching. Meoooww!

bobcat misrach
Untitled (1979)
Bobcat Misrach, American
Bobcat Misrach has been documenting cats in the night desert a long time and he’s my favorite contemporary cat photographer. His love for all that sand and darkness is easily understandable—the desolation, the expanse, the beauty—it’s truly mind boggling! There was no hesitation on my part when this photograph came on the market. You cats out there know what I’m talking about.

Al E Cat
Angry (1998)
Al E. Cat, American
As a Yuscie, I feel confident in my ability to purchase any art that I find appealing, whether it be in an art gallery or on a city street. I found this work done by a local street artist and it’s worthy of my collection. The inherent drama, the colors, the subject matter are what caught my eye—all this and it’s painted on a shopping bag. What can I say about it, we’ve all been there!

C. "Hepcat" Bobcatscio
Gatonoir (1998)
C. “Hepcat” Bobcatscio, American
If you’re in this part of my web site, you must be a cool cat! Bobcatscio sure is! Bobcatscio captures the essence of urban life. Chicago night visions—the grit, the drama, the shadows, a stage setting for a Nelson Algren novel or a cat on the loose—you can hear that cool jazz in the background. When I saw this work at a local gallery, I said buy. This “Hepcat” and I are not only on the same wave, we’re hanging ten on the same board! Bobcatscio’s going to be famous and I want to be in on the ground floor. Dig it!!

Deborah Buttermilk
Blue Horsey Study (1978)
Deborah Buttermilk, American
I’ve been wanting to collect a Deborah Buttermilk piece. Her horse sculptures, made of bronze, and originally made of twigs or other natural materials, were too expensive for my budget. I came across this early study for a potential sculpture and couldn’t pass it up. You know how I feel about horseys!

Field of Catnip
Field of Catnip (1881)
Claw Monet, French
Finally I was able to acquire this wonderful and rare, round Claw Monet! I just love the muted colors and Monet’s expertise and fascination with light and seasons. This is one of a series he did. There’s one done in morning, one in evening light, there’s even one in bright sunlight, currently owned by a Siamese. There is documentation that he did a winter version, with the catnip plants poking through the snow. It’s my dream to acquire one of these—who knows...one of these days...

Stars and 13 Paws
Stars and 13 Paws (1998)
Filomena Wails at Moon, American
Don’t you just love folk art? I discovered Filomena while surfing Native American web sites, contacted her and commissioned her to do this quilt of me. She started her textile career by mastering Native American weaving, but soon found herself drawn to the quilting art. The original is three feet square and magnificent. She worked from a Polaroid I sent her. I can’t bring myself to sleep on this great art, so it hangs above the sofa in the living room—high enough so my sisters can’t get a claw on it!

El Pajarito de la Noche (The Little Bird of the Night) (1999)
Lorenzo Whiskeros (Mexican)
I’ve recently begun investigating an art form long associated with tackiness and Elvis—Mexican black velvet paintings. However, I consider the work of Whiskeros outstanding because of his subject matter and execution. He transcends this art form by using his skill and genius to challenge the feline art establishment’s idea of good taste. I am proud to jump on Lorenzo’s bandwagon by adding this piece to my collection. Salud!

Great Model
Lounging Cat VII (Blue Paper Series) (1957)
Henri Catisse (French)
I surprised myself and unexpectedly bought this piece by Henri Catisse from an internet auction site. He was a master of color and form and usually worked only in oil. This work is from a series he did later in life using only shapes cut out of paper! Great Artist! Great Theme!

Smokey Rauschenberg
Catapult II aka “Receptacle” (1963)
Smokey Rauschenberg (American)
I was thrilled to buy a piece by Smokey since few of his pieces come on the market. This is an amazing collage—the images create an aura of mystery and suspense that we cats can relate to. Only a genius would include an image of a litterbox in an artwork and take it to a higher level.

"And there isn't a food dish either!"
"C'est ne pas un chat" (1936)
Runti Magritte (Belgian)

Runti Magritte is a favorite of mine from when I first got interested in Feline Art. I had thought about adding a Surrealist piece, but hadn't found any that I liked. A work like this doesn't come on the market in the Feline Art World very often. This is a painting from his famous series, "The Evolution of A Whisker."

Hope you enjoy my latest acquisition. The Seurcat deal has come to a standstill, but I haven’t given up yet. Once you have one Impressionist, you need another—they are addicting (just ask the Art Institute of Chicago)!

A special plea to all you cats out there: if you want to keep seeing new art here, please help my cat food stocks continue their uphill climb. I’m hoping the Paw Dow hits the magic figure of five this week.

I thank you and my accountant, Herman Himalayan, thanks you. Keep eating!!!

There’s this Big Cat my BFC and BMC know. His name is Chris Buoscio. They own a painting he did—it’s pretty cool for Big Cat art! Check him out!
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