Here at iCatCare we are very excited about the upcoming art exhibition ‘The Complete Cat’, held in collaboration with the Society of Feline Artists (SOFA). SOFA is a federation of talented professional artists working in a wide range of media and styles but united by their interest in the feline form.
The exhibition will be held 24th November – 8th December 2018 in the beautiful Rook Lane gallery in Frome, Somerset. A very generous 25% of the sales of all the artwork will be committed to our work for cats around the world!
In the build-up to the exhibition, we will be bringing you biographies of the artists involved and examples of their stunning work. To see all of the biographies and examples we have shared so far click here.
We really hope to see you there!
I became interested in art when I was about 16. It was also about that time that my Art teacher decided to put one of my pictures into a competition. To my amazement I won first prize. Unfortunately, my family led a very peripatetic life and I never had the opportunity then, to pursue my love of art. However, many years later, when my children were much older and attending senior school, I started having art lessons. I was coached by Peter Oliver, who had been taught at the Chelsea Slade School and who was a very successful artist. Later, I did an Art Foundation Course, which I passed, but due to commitments I was unable take my art any further. Over the years, I have carried out a number of painting commissions, including portraits (people and animals), landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and religious pictures. I have also exhibited at various venues and with various groups, including SOFA (associate member), Women Artists (at Westminster Hall), Epsom and Ewell Art Group, the Independent Painters and briefly with SAS.
The Uninvited Guest by Edna Kyriakides
Now living near Bristol, England since 1997, France Bauduin was born in Québec, Canada, the daughter of a professional wood sculptor who specialised in “haut-relief” sculptures depicting wild animals in action in their natural habitat. These sculptures are the true source of her inspiration.
France’s first goal has always been to transmit her love and knowledge of animals, especially cats, through her colour pencil drawings. Cats are often depicted as aloof/independent creatures, which is true for most of them, most of the time. However what she also wants to illustrate is the strong relationships they have as kittens, as well as their strong bond with their mother.
France’s cat drawings have been displayed in several exhibitions in London and other cities in England and she has illustrated two cat novels: White Chin and Magnificat by Marilyn Edwards as well as the non-fiction book: Of Dogs and Cats and Bear by Jenny Melmoth. France also offers regular “Cat Drawing workshops” at her local library.
“Anyone can draw an animal head, but if you know the animal very well, you can infuse some ‘life’ in it and create ‘a moment’, something that speaks to you and whoever is looking at it. This is what I am trying to achieve with my drawings and teachings these days.”
Snow Pals by France Bauduin
Frances Daunt is a self-taught animal artist living in Derbyshire. As an animal lover she is fascinated in the 'soul' or character of animals and so the focus of her pictures is invariably the eyes. She creates her artwork in a variety of media, including felted artwork and paintings on vintage maps. She works hard to spread a message of conservation whenever possible. Her pastel work is in private collections world-wide and her felted work, which is exhibited nationally, has won awards including Chairperson's Choice with the Association of Animal Artists.
By Frances Daunt