Nicolas Cage Loves His Cat, and So Do These Artists Celebrating the Pair

Nicolas Cage has a cat. Cage and that cat have impressed an artwork exhibit. The web has by no means had a greater day.  

The artwork might be displayed at CatCon, a conference wholly dedicated to the creature Al Gore had in thoughts when he invented our beloved worldwide community of related computer systems. This yr’s occasion, which is sort of a Comedian-Con for cat folks, takes place from Oct. 1-2 in Pasadena, California.   

“Nicolas Cage is an artist’s dream topic — he is cult, he is camp and he DGAF,” mentioned CatCon founder Susan Michals, who’s additionally  founder and curator of Cat Artwork Present, a biennial exhibit of feline-focused creations that is sponsoring the Cage exhibit. “Cats have lots of the identical traits, so why not mix the 2 and have fun it on canvas?”

The oil painting Wild at Art shows Nic Cage embraced by a yellow-eyed black cat

Vanessa Stockard

Seven artists are bringing their brushstrokes and pixels to CatCon for Uncaged: The Insufferable Weight of Genius Cat Artwork. 

The celebration of the versatile actor and his adopted black kitty Merlin consists of Brian Hoffman‘s Catstor Troy, an 11 inch by 14 inch print, hand-embellished with diamond mud, embossed, signed and framed in an ornamental classic body. The piece — an homage to Cage’s wild-eyed villain in 1997’s Face/Off — exhibits the actor’s head atop a retro cartoon lady’s physique, a little bit blue bow in his hair, surrounded by three cartoonish cats. 

“It is undoubtedly unusual and a tad creepy, however heartwarming and enjoyable in the event you love Cage and cats,” says the Boston designer, illustrator and printmaker. “Initially, the piece had Cage sitting subsequent to magic mushrooms in an homage to Alice in Wonderland and her cat Dinah, in addition to that one time Nic Cage allegedly took mushrooms together with his cat.” 


Catstor Troy is a print paper showing a wide-eyed Nic Cage and three cartoonish cats

Brian Hoffman

Vanessa Stockard‘s oil-on-board, titled Wild at Artwork, depicts the actor being embraced by a life-size black cat with yellow eyes and an identical yellow wig. I requested Jet, my very own black cat with yellow eyes, to critique the piece. 

“I discover the disjunction of cat and human in Stockard’s work each reductive and resonant,” Jet mentioned. “Anybody seen a chicken I can kill?”


Cage’s pliably expressive face makes him a pure star of each work and quite a few memes. 

You’ve got most likely seen GIFs of him from the 1997 motion thriller movie Con Air, his lengthy hair blowing within the wind, his eyes half-closed, a blissful smile on his sun-kissed face as he walks towards freedom after a protracted jail sentence. You may need additionally seen the meme of his face superimposed onto countless images of cats. Appropriately, Cage is a lifelong cat lover who calls Merlin his greatest good friend. “He loves contact,” Cage says in this interview. “Typically he’ll bounce into mattress and he’ll hug me, you recognize? I will really assume it is my spouse.” 


The artwork in Uncaged might be on sale each in individual at Cat Con and on-line by way of Cat Art Show. Ten p.c of proceeds will profit three cat-related charities, with style of hopefully benefitting all of meme-kind. 


Danial Ryan
Merlin, an oil on canvas by Michael Caines, show's Nic Cage's cat sitting in a chair in front of wallpaper with Cage's face on it

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