Cat paintings by Peter Robinson

We’ve been looking at these painting for many years (haven’t we Norm?) and find them fascinating. I’m including a selection of our favourites here. We especially like the one that’s a dead ringer for Norman himself! We’d like to thank Peter (Gordon and the all the cats too!) for letting us post them here.

Peters work is described on his own website …”Working in designer gouache and pastels, mostly from photographs, Peter paints his cats with colourful, intricate and detailed backgrounds”. To us, Peter seems to capture the real spirit of these cats, as well as making the works highly decorative. Wonderful!

Alison's Cat
Alison’s Cat (just like Norman!)
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Kitten on the bed
Kitten on the bed
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Cat with lilies
Cat with Lilies
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Cats Eyes
Cats Eyes
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Ginger Cat Brother
Ginger Cat Brothers (both are just like our old cat gingerbread)
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Moggy Gloria
Gloria
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Marigold Cat
Marigold
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Two Sisters
Two sisters grumpy
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Tabby
Tabby
Photograph: © Peter Robinson
Ginger Cats
Photograph: © Peter Robinson

The Cats of Elizabeth Blackadder

Well, Norman and I just love these paintings…. Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA was born on 24 September 1931 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. She trained at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).
Fred on top of cupboard
Fred on top of cupboard
Photograph Copyright: Elizabeth Blackadder
Her early work was influenced by the Scottist Colourist Joseph Crawhall and her teacher, William Gillies. In 1954 she travelled to Yugoslavia, Greece and Italy after receiving the Carnegie Travelling Scholarship.
Kikko on a rug
Kikko on a rug
Photograph Copyright: Elizabeth Blackadder
At the time of writing Elizabeth is still travelling widely for exhibitions throughout the world. From 1956 to 1986 she taught at ECA.
Venice Cats
Venice Cats
Photograph Copyright: Elizabeth Blackadder
Her signature subjects include landscapes, cats, flowers, still-lifes and portraits. Blackadder’s work is based in the traditions of the Edinburgh School, but is strongly influenced by Japanese aesthetics.
Amelia Sleeping
Amelia Sleeping
Photograph Copyright: Elizabeth Blackadder
Characteristically, she carefully arranges objects in a shallow pictorial space to create intriguing and subtly decorative images.
siemese cat painting
Siemese Cat
Photograph Copyright: Elizabeth Blackadder DBE, RWA, RA, RSA, RSW
Dame Elizabeth Blackadder
Dame Elizabeth Blackadder DBE, RWA, RA, RSA, RSW, in her studio, November 2010
Photograph Copyright: The Scottish Gallery