Scented acrylic on colored paper.
73 x 59cm.
The Dr. Pat Morris Trust for the Promotion of Feline Aesthetics, Ascot,
Rum Tum Tugger, a nine year old longhaired Persian, seldom paints more
than once a month but the quality of his work is such that his owners
are able to sell several hundred prints of each painting as well as
the original. Rum Tum Tugger has twice won the expressionist section
at the Esposizione dell'Arte Felino in Milan and in 1994 was selected
as "Guest of the President." For the first four years of his life his
creativity was mainly confined to impassioned reconstructionist sculptures
on appropriated lounge suites and it was not until 1990, when his owners
had decorators in, that he discovered the potential of paint as a medium
Rum Tum Tugger's early paintings used a non-toxic dye as a marking medium,
and while this added to the overall lightness of the work and gave it
a lyric quality, it tended to obsqure its overall meaning. His use of
thicker scented acrylics and pastes in recent years has given his painting
a boldness and depth of vision more suited to his strong environmental
Sent In By: Mrs Helen
Corrigan of Belfast, Ireland.
$25,000. Numbered prints, $750 each. (MONPA)