Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pop Culture Pussycat: The Art of Lisa Petrucci

Liddle Lisa, 2000
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 7.5" x 10"
Private Collection

Lisa Petrucci's adorable, big-eyed kitty pieces of art are catnip to a girl like me! Heck, even when a cat isn't the main focus of one of her paintings, you'll still usually find one lurking around somewhere in the background, adding to the kitschy cuteness factor.

Lil' Puff, 2004
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 6" x 9"
Private Collection

I love Lisa's paintings because they're colorful, retro, fun, and just make you feel good when you look at them! It's evident by her work that Petrucci is obsessed with pop culture, and according to her bio, her collection of "old toys, dolls, kitsch, pin up art, vintage men’s magazines and pulps" is what inspires her art.

Autumn Leaves, 2005
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 11" x 14"
Private Collection

One of the many things that makes her paintings unique is that instead of using a traditional canvas, she paints on round bark border pieces of wood. The completed pieces are then coated with envirotex, which makes for a deliciously super shiny end result!

She has been at work on her pop-culture masterpieces since 1993, and is a well-known fixture in the Pop Surrealism art movement.

Purrfect Pals 1, 2005
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 8" x 13"
Private Collection

Lisa has several collections on display in her online gallery, and I've picked a few of my favorites to share with you below!

Kowgirl Cuties

Bandana Kitty, 2005
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 6" x 9"
Private Collection

Pop Kulture Kuties

Pirate Kitty, 2006
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 7.5" x 10"
Private Collection

Lil' Monsters

Frankenkitty, 2004
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 3.5" x 5.5"
Private Collection

Devilish Dollies

Lil' Hellcat, 2008
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 6" x 9"
Private Collection

Lil' Glamour Gals

Fairest of Them All, 2005
Liquid acrylic and envirotex on wood. 11" x 14"
Private Collection

Projects

Pink Striped Pity Kitty, 2004
Customized ceramic figure
Private Collection

Rockabilly Filly, 2005
Customized 18" My Little Pony vinyl figure for The Pony Project
Private Collection

Check out her website at LisaPetrucci.com for her bio, exhibitions, and online gallery, and make sure to stop by her shop to find lots of "kute" goodies to purchase, including her book, Kickass Cuties - The Art of Lisa Petrucci.


Lisa and her real-life kitty, Gomez via MySpace

[All images copyright Lisa Petrucci]

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4 comments:

Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food said...

Ohhh!! I LOVE all of these!! How fun :)

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MyFuZZyButtZ said...

Love this stuff and just sent her a note to let her know! Thanks for sharing this one with us.

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