The Leo Center

Before or after you enjoy a great performance in CLAW Theater, take a few minutes to browse around the foyer of The Leo Center and enjoy our fine arts exhibit featuring the masterworks of some well-known feline artists of the past and present. The works on display here were acquired at VAST expense for your enjoyment and edification...


"Queen Midnight"

by Giacomo Miaou
2005


This bust of CLAW Theater founder and life-long supporter of the purrforming arts, Queen Midnight, was created by the eminent sculptor of the Cat Realist school, Giacomo Miaou. This work was presented at the opening of The Leo Center from a benefactor who has asked to remain anonymous.

Queen Midnight, Giacomo Miaou, 1999
Tom, Micatangelo, 1501-1503

 

"Tom"
by Micatangelo
1501-1503

 

Micatangelo's famous statue of the ancient Catalonian hero, Tom the Mousetrapper, is created entirely of bricks salvaged from the catacombs of Rome. The Leo Center was able to acquire this masterpiece of the Cat Renaissance after years of negotiations with Italian government officials who wept when it left the country.

 


"Recumbent Kitty"
by Henry Morecat
1938


This stone sculpture by important 20th century artist, Henry Morecat, is representative of his work which features large smooth abstract forms with pierced surfaces. The cat who modeled for this piece was not harmed in any way and is living with his wed-wink on Catalina Island with their four adult grandkittens.

Recumbent Kitty, Henry Morecat, 1938

Une Chatte avec Chapeau et Parasol, Clawed Meownay, 1895


"Une Chatte avec Chapeau et Parasol"

by Clawed Meownay
1895


A fine example of Cat Impressionism, this work by Meownay is one of a series that shows the same subject under various conditions of light and atmosphere. Madmewselle Minette, who sat endless hours for the artist, is said to have meowed loudly to all who would listen, "If Clawed had only worn his bifocals, mine would be the most famous face in Paris instead of Mona Cata's."



"Cat Descending a Staircase, No. 5"

by Marcel duCat
1912


Using concepts now often used in multiple exposure photography, duCat shocked the acatemy of arts and the entire art world of the early 1900's by superimposing successive phases of movement upon each other. He was nearly howled out of the art show by caterwauling judges when this piece was first displayed. Today considered one of the masterpieces of Cat Cubism, the Leo Center is fortunate to have acquired it for display.

Cat Descending a Staircase, No. 5, Marcel duCat, 1912

Untitled Drawing, Pawblo Picattso, c. 1921


"Untitled Drawing"

by Pawblo Picattso
c. 1921


This rare drawing by Pawblo Picattso is thought to be a preliminary figure study for his Cat Cubist painting, "Three Mewsicians." Some experts argue, however, that this is a portrait of a village family on the island of St. Kitts where Picattso kept a small studio during his Synthetic Cubist period.



"Night on the Town"

by T. Lickintime
1955


Cat Pop Art guru, T. Lickintime, took his imagery from the funny papers and made funny art. Our Lickintime piece is a single frame from the popular Sunday comic strip "1,001 Abyssinians" drawn weekly for the Cat Street Journal by Anonymous. The frame was enlarged several times its original size with meticulous attention to the dot pattern that is characteristic of printed comic strips.

Night on the Town, T. Lickintime, 1955
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Mona Cata, Leocata DaFishie, c. 1505
"Mona Cata"
by Leocata DaFishie
c. 1505


Leocata's Mona Cata is famous all over the world for her mysterious smile (art historians theorize that it is the smile of a feline who has just eaten the canary... )

The recently refurbished masterpiece was acquired through the auspices of the Rhett Kincaid Butler Foundation and is on permanent loan to The Leo Center.

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"The Yowl"
by Edcat Munch
1893

Hidden for decades in the purrsonal collection of a Norwegian bachelor farmer, this painting by the founder of Cat Expressionism was discovered by an alert CLAW Theater Friend on a summer cruise of the fiords. The owner was more than a little reluctant to give it up, but after learning it would go to The Leo Center, he lowered the price considerably. This excellent example of Norwegian Cat Expressionism was acquired through the auspices of the Tygris (Tyie) Foundation and is on permanent loan to The Leo Center.

The Yowl, Edcat Munch, 1893


Well, that's our collection of feline masterworks. We hope to acquire additional pieces as funding sources become available. Now it's time to take your seat in CLAW Theater, the curtain is just about to rise.


exhibit curator, Skuzzy