Much-loved for her innovative depictions of cats, Susan Herbert’s witty subject matter has been an enormous publishing success and has gained her a reputation as the world’s most instantly recognisable cat artist.
Born in 1945, Susan Herbert did not undergo any formal artistic training before embarking on a career as an artist. Her first job was working at the box office for the Royal Shakespeare Company and during this time, described by Susan Herbert as filled with ‘hideous part-time jobs’, she used her spare moments to draw and paint as often as she could.
Susan Herbert’s only period of artistic guidance came in 1973 when she gained a place at Oxford and studied for a term at the Ruskin School. Although now famous for her witty anthropomorphic cats, her early work contained rodents as the subject matter. The creatures were often illustrated on storyboards depicting scenes from operas and Shakespeare’s plays.
In 1990, following fifteen years of hard work and limited success, Thames and Hudson published The Cats Gallery of Art that was a publishing phenomenon. She is now a leading and prolific cat artist, with nine books in print.
Susan Herbert has been working on her latest release Movie Cats intermittently for the last four years. At present she is working on an entire storyboard of the film Casablanca. With 49 images in total, this should be a remarkable sight and one we hope to display at our annual Louis Wain and the Summer Cat Show in 2007.
Cats Gallery of Art
J8彩票 Mediaeval Cats
The Cats History of Western Art
The Diary of a Victorian Cat