Why cat art matters

Cats, like people, are diverse, each with their own personality and yet it is only in recent times that art aficionados have put forth their distinguished skills to record and document a thorough examination of the vibrant and diverse creativity of Felis catus (nom de plume of domestic cat). The multitude of forms that exist in the infinitely expressive field of art are echoed equally in the realm of the feline.

Busch and Silver’s groundbreaking work examines several of the artists, their works, their lifestyles, and perhaps most importantly their philosophy that underlies the heart and core of their art.

Some dabble in the medium of painting, be it acrylic or oil, using their paws as brushes for a truly visceral experience, while others explore the avant-garde realm of creative-destructivism, using ordinary objects as the canvas itself and selectively (and metaphorically) revealing what lies beneath the surface.

Some, truly the cutting-edge, have chosen to express their art as a duo, melding their unique views into a coherent and indefatigable summoning of creativity. Viewing their works will astound even the casual viewer.

In addition, the authors include fascinating history on feline expression dating from ancient Egyptian art, medieval illuminations, and more.

This unprecedented and rarely recorded sub-field finally has been given the recognition that it fully deserves. “Why Cats Paint” answers the long-awaited question of the importance of feline work in the cultural lexicon of great art. “Why Cats Paint” is beyond all measure the singular book that legitimizes feline art as being in the same caliber of even the great masters.

Celeste, The Bookstore Cat, gives it two paws up!


Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.


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