Cats Reign Supreme

Cats Reign Supreme

What do four monkeys, hundreds of cats, and a line of art enthusiasts stretching three blocks long have in common? Opening night of Cat Art Show LA! On January 25th, a handful of PicMonkey staffers headed to sunny Los Angeles for the opening of the largest-ever curated collection of feline-inspired artwork. PicMonkey was one of the sponsors for the event, which included the work of over 70 artists. The show was spearheaded and curated by journalist and producer Susan Michals.

101 Exhibit gallery in Los Angeles.

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Yowsa, what a crowd! The place was packed. Cat as muse, cat as predator, cat as radical, cat as celebrity, and cat as vampire were some of the themes in this eclectic, far-ranging show.


Image of a cat in a gigantic baroque mirror.

Photo via @rocknrollastyle

Rocking one of the posters for the exhibition was a painting titled “A Great Big Giant World,” by Marc Dennis, which portrays the recording artist Snoop Lion as a museum guard, watching over a painting of a kitten. Dennis has said that his painting is “a riff on the incredible, sometimes overbearing Internet love for cats and the passionate respect and love for hip hop. I look at cats as divas, much like hip-hop culture in a sense has become.”


Radical cat print from Cat Art Show LA.

Shepard Fairey, the street artist cum illustrator who created the famous “Hope” poster of Barack Obama, showed “Radical Cat,” a piece which juxtaposes the iconography of black cats with the history of radicalism, marginalization and the Black Panther Party.


Photo portrait of Patti Smith from Cat Art Show LA.

Photo via @catartshowLA

Renowned portrait photographer Frank Stefanko offered “The Lookout,” featuring rock legend Patti Smith with her furry friend.

PicMonkey sponsored a photo booth so people could capture their cat ears, cat leggings (yes, for reals), cat tattoos, and cat hat outfits for posterity. Look who posed…


PicMonkey's photo booth at Cat Art Show LA.

Artist Gary Baseman was joined by one of the many women looking purrfect in cat ears.


Photo of Susan Avery from PicMonkey's photo booth.

The beloved Colonel Meow’s handler, Susan Avery, and friend gave the cool shoulder.


Michael Wolf at PicMonkey's photo booth at Cat Art LA.

Artist Michael Wolf suspended work on paintings for a new brewery so he can keep his eyes on YOU!


Woman appearing to pounce on her photo booth co-posers.

Somebody got pounced on, one second after the shutter clicked!

 Woman getting smooched by pals at PicMonkey's photo booth.

Two kisses are better than one!

Photo of Christa and Lisa from PicMonkey.

PicMonkey staffers Lisa and Christa mugged for the camera. Can you guess who’s 5’1” and who’s 5’10”?  (A wooden box was provided for height-seeking peeps.)


Christa, Jonathan, Karen, and Lisa mug for the camera at Cat Art Show LA.

Staffers Jonathan and Karen glommed on with smoochie lips and a Larry David stare.

All in all, it was an inspirational show, and a reminder to all PicMonkeyers to feed your creativity with whatever lights your fire: cats, dogs, nature, mustaches, soup cans… anything goes. Brave on, creative makers. Start your next masterpiece!

This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.