Thursday, April 19, 2012

Maru, Frank and Louie, The Cheshire Cat, and More: The Pop Culture Pussycat Paintings of Katharina Conrad

I recently came across the colorful paintings of Katharina Conrad, a talented illustrator who was inspired to turn her favorite pop culture pussycats into colorful works of kitty art.

The idea for the cat project popped into Katharina's head one day after seeing a human interest piece on Frank and Louie, the world's oldest living two-faced cat.

She tells me: "I thought to myself that it would be fun to do a painting of him, and then wouldn't it be fun to do a whole series of paintings of cats from my personal life, T.V, movies, the internet, books etc. (basically any cat that I had some kind of emotional attachment to), and then to make some kind of self-published book of them in the end. And I've been working on it ever since."

In addition to the famous Janus cat, Conrad has also taken on internet superstar Maru, as well as her own two kitties, P.D. and Hailey. But not all of her subjects can be found in real life. Fictional kitties like The Cheshire Cat, Luna from Sailor Moon, and Mogget from the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix are also included as part of the collection.

For more information on Katharina and to see additional images of her work, please check out her website at



starification said...

Maru!!!!! :D

Anne from said...

Nice work, though the Frank and Louie is a bit disturbing. Reminds me of an episode of Fringe...

marty said...

Love the Frank and Louie painting!!!

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