Cats in Street Art and Graffiti

Many artists seem to be fascinated by cats, finding them inspirational, cats have been prominent in many artworks both past and still now in current day.
An artistic free spirit and these distinct felines have had a long history in common, especially in painting.
Since ancient Egypt, where they were considered as gods, cats were prominent in artworks.
They were also in fact the privileged companions of many writers, poets and painters, how amazing is that !
Therefore it is the independent and mysterious character of the cat that seems to fascinate lovers from within the Arts hence why the cat is often incorporated through words or form within their work.

 HISTORY OF CATS IN PAINTING AND ART 

From the demonic symbol to the status of star

Within paintings cats  have evolved from the negative, even demonic, symbol in Christian iconography, to the status of star in modern painters, as well as having been a subject of study at the time of Renaissance until the nineteenth century.
Bastet god of Ancient Egypt
“Bastet” of Ancient Egypt

From Renaissance to realism

The painters of the Renaissance period often represented cats in their work. Leonardo da Vinci considered them as one of natures masterpieces and carried out several studies on this.
Cats can also be found in paintings by Rembrandt, Veronese, Jerome Bosch and In the eighteenth century, Gottfried Mind became affectionately referred to as “Raphael of cats”.
In the nineteenth century, Delacroix, Géricault and Corot designed cats and Courbet placed them in realistic scenes.
Leonardo da Vinci, Cats, lions, and a dragon c.1513-18
Leonardo da Vinci, Cats, lions, and a dragon c.1513-18

 In the modern era  

The cat remained present whilst painting evolved towards surrealism. Within gentle scenes of paintings by Renoir, Suzanne Valadon cats were there, whilst also in post-impressionism with the widely recognised artposters of Toulouse-Lautrec, everyone I’m sure remembers those of the tour of the cabaret and of course  “Le chat noir”.
In the modern era, a large number of artists from various movements painted cats according to their style of predilection: Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Pierre Bonnard, Picasso, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, Paul Klee, Warhol …
Le Chat Noir, Théophile Steinlen
Le Chat Noir, Théophile Steinlen

Street art and graffiti 

Urban artists strongly continue this tradition. Whether it’s paintings, paintings with free hand spray can, gigantic murals, …   Cats are present in many artworks of urban art for example Obey Giant, C215, Okuda, SMOK, …
Artists enable us  to discover cats from all angles and perspectives and helps us  love these amazing animals even more!
No artist seems to have resisted the temptation and form of the Cat within their work, leaving us purring in pleasure with delight.
We would like you to discover this second selection of Graffiti Cats. And if you missed, you can still discover our first selection here: Street Art & Graffiti Cats #1 
Enjoy!

“CATS ON WALLS” PHOTO GALLERY

stamatis Laskos painting a cat
Stamatis Laskos cat
stamatis Laskos cat in Greece
Stamatis Laskos cat in Greece
Shepard Fairey aka Obey Giant "cat"
Shepard Fairey aka Obey Giant “cat”
Matthew Dawn in Ghent cat graffiti
Matthew Dawn in Ghent cat graffiti
cat graffiti by Camo
cat graffiti by Camo
cat by SMOK
cat by SMOK
Thiago Goms cat mural
Thiago Goms cat mural
Thiago Goms "cat mural", São Paulo
Thiago Goms “cat mural”, São Paulo
Thiago Goms "cat mural", São Paulo
Thiago Goms “cat mural”, São Paulo
Thiago Goms "cat mural", São Paulo
Thiago Goms “cat mural”, São Paulo
MASAI - Only 400 Scottish bobcats left
MASAI – Only 400 Scottish bobcats left
Street Art cat stencil by C215 french street artist
C215 Cat
c215 cat on a mailbox
c215 cat on a mailbox
street art cat by Bordallo II
cat by Bordallo II
Okuda, Witch Cat in Salem
Okuda, Witch Cat in Salem
street art cat by Dzia
Cat by Dzia
cat graffiti and street art by Cristian Blanxer - Barcelona
cat by Cristian Blanxer – Barcelona
cat graffiti by Seimiek
cat by Seimiek
cat by Walter Molli, from Naples
cat by Walter Molli, from Naples
street art Cat by SME
Cat by SME
graffiti cat by silly
graffiti cat by silly
cat graffiti in Fanzara Spain
cat graffiti in Fanzara Spain
pirat cat graffiti
Pirate cat graffiti by Paris Xyntarianos Tsiropinas (Really? Team) at Hermoupolis, Syros island, Greece
cat graffiti by joker
cat graffiti by joker
cat mural in Zaragoza
cat mural in Zaragoza
cat mural Sanba project Rome
cat mural Sanba project Rome
cat by street artist Chemis
cat by street artist Chemis
cat graffiti in Barcelona
cat graffiti in Barcelona
cat by Minhau - São Paulo, Brazil
cat by Minhau – São Paulo, Brazil
cat by Replete
cat by Replete
Denis Pinho street art cat
Denis Pinho cat
cat graffiti Buenos Aires - Argentina.
cat graffiti Buenos Aires – Argentina.
Werner Wolters BeNeR1 cat and mouse
Werner Wolters BeNeR1 cat and mouse
cats by axe colours
cats by axe colours
cat graffiti mural art in Oslo
cats graffiti mural art in Oslo
graffiti cat in NYC
graffiti cat in NYC
cat graffiti
cat graffiti

 

All pictures by courtesy of artists and from social networks

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Alex says:

    Great selection 🙂

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  2. reflagging this fabulous post.

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  3. Reblogged this on that little voice and commented:
    Cats win Street Art and Graffiti is a ‘must’ post whether you are a cat lover or not. Fabulous street art.

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  4. James McEwan says:

    Great pieces of work, they can only make you stop and think – or should I say ‘paws’ for thought.

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  5. How FABULOUS was that!!!! Definitely reblogging this great post. Thank you.

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  6. Pirate cat graffiti by Paris Xyntarianos Tsiropinas (Really? Team) at Hermoupolis, Syros island, Greece.

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    1. I add the infos 🙂 Great artwork ! Just love it.

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    2. Added. Great Artwork 🙂 Love it

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