Whether you are a cat person or a dog person, there’s no denying that cat art is wildly popular.
With a movie-like title, Cat Art Show LA 2: The Sequel has attracted an impressive roster of artists for a show running March 24-27 at the Think Tank Gallery. Mark Ryden has announced a painting inspired by an interview from Amanda Seyfried and W Magazine. Ryden explains: “When I was considering a subject for the Cat Art Show, I remembered a comment Amanda Seyfried had made in an article in W Magazine about wanting to have me paint her with a cat. Amanda has a captivating face and beauty, she is a great subject for a painting. I thought it would be interesting to actually carry out her idea.”
Photographer Rick Hardcastle has collaborated with Ricky Gervais on a photograph. Prints sold will benefit Kitten Rescue. Other artists include “The Walking Dead” star and photographer Norman Reedus, Adam Wallacavage, Brandon Boyd, Mick Rock, Tokidoki, and a total of over 70 talents showing off their cat-inspired works.
What is it about cats that make them such great muses? Daniel Maidman (What A Cat Thinks About I & II) said “Cats have a humorless sense of dignity that they are naturally comical; combined with their good looks, they make a delicious topic for memes and art alike. Cat Art Show brings together a broad range of artistic responses to the cat.”
The opening reception will be held on Thursday at the Think Tank Gallery 939 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015 from 8-10pm. On Saturday, March 26 at 2:30pm, author, historian, and participating artist Paul Koudounaris will present a lecture entitled “Cattastic: Wild, Weird, and Heartwarming Stories from Feline History.” Admission to the lecture is free, but seating is limited. Dr. Koudounaris has extensively researched the subject and will share stories such as Simon, history’s most heroic naval cat, who saved a British ship. Or Towser, the all time champion mouser, who became a celebrity by protecting a Scottish distillery.
Cat Art Show LA 2: The Sequel was created, and is produced by, Susan Michals, a journalist who writes about the intersection of art, culture and celebrity and is also the creator ofCatConLA. For more details visit: http://catartshow.com/.