Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Cat & Fish Tale

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, 8 x 10''
#180, 2010
This latest painting was conceived for an upcoming group show entitled ''CATS'', opening at Handworks Gallery on May 7. When the gallery invited me to submit a piece for this exhibition, I came across the book The Cat in the Hat at Costco that same evening. It was one of the first books I ever read when I started to learn English in grade 3. After re-reading it some forty years later, I decided to incorporate the fish in the imagery since he appears as the voice of reason of this fable. Also a great opportunity to add a few Cat's Eye marbles in this whimsical context.

Dr. Suess (Theodor Suess Geisel) remains an iconic American author and illustrator. His most famous book is Green Eggs and Ham. The Cat in the Hat published in 1957 comes in a close second and is ranked at #9 on the best sellers children book list of all-time, selling 10 million copies.

I purchased this fan-tail goldfish especially to do the painting. He seems to be enjoying his new larger fishbowl quite well and is currently residing in our son's Jean-Luc's bedroom. He has received the name of ''Maurice'', named after a goldfish from a Nestlé commerical. The week prior, Jean-Luc had to do a presentation in front of his French class at school and do a critical analysis of a French television advertisement. Check out this very funny ad, where the fish gets the blame for eating 3 chocolate Mousse in one sitting.


  1. This is excellent, Alvin, as usual! Love the fish.

  2. Great piece Richard. I love the playfulness,

  3. This piece made me smile, Alvin this is priceless! Beautiful elements and a terrific compostion enhanced by your wonderful painterly style! Congrats!

  4. This painting is truly spectacular. The colors, the light, the oval shape of the fish are crazy. The black trim on the door in continuity of the black book ... very nice.

  5. I love this painting. Whimsical and so well done.

  6. Alvin,
    Love this new piece. Really fun...vibrant colors.

  7. Just love this painting, Alvin!! Beautifully done, as usual, and wonderfully playful.

  8. Alvin!

    You're back!

    Great painting! You nailed the Dr. Suess cover perfectly!

    What a fun concept!

    Funny that you bought the goldfish just for the painting. At least your son has a new pet now!


  9. Absolutely incredible. Really love what your imagination created!

  10. Many thanks to each and every one of you for stoping by and leaving a kind remark.

  11. Hello again Alvin!.... Love this piece for your usual fine painting craftsmanship... wonderful execution of colour and detail!

    What "I" have enjoyed even more ... is the playful ... whimsical interplay "You" have created using our beloved "Cat"... and your son's now famous Maurice.

    It is marvelous to be able to "read" your "thinking" process in the evolution of this fine piece... and refreshing to see that "Art" is about a lot of things in an artist's life... all rolled together in one artistic statement.

    "I" wish "you" the same success in your show ... as the famously successful and beautiful Broadway show "Cats". If all of your other pieces are as fine as this one... the end result will be ..."Purrrrrrfect"!HAHA!!

    Good Painting!
    Warm regards,