Painted Cats: Controversial Art Project

mhyser September 29, 2012 2

They might say that curiosity kills the cat but controversy sells big time!   That is certainly the case for the book “Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics“, a collection of bizarrely colored portraits of cats by  New Zealand author Burton Silver and illustrator Heather Busch.  The book was really designed to poke fun at the worlds current obsession with cats but messing with the passionate group was like shaking a bees nest.  Their ‘art’ was hated as much as it was praised.  Most people took the retouching as if they were really painting the cats and they took tons of criticism for that.  Even after Silver and Busch explained that none of the cats were harmed or painted during the process and everything was done in Photoshop people were still upset.  The lesson is of the story: Do not mess with cat people.

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  1. Dan September 30, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    While I find this incredibly odd looking, there is a level of awesomeness to this that can’t be ignored. Those doing the coloring are definitely incredibly creative.

    But, knowing that this is a photoshop job definitely takes a lot away from it.

  2. Augis September 30, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    First pigeons, now cats… Who’s gonna be the next victim?
    Oh… how about snakes?

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