Acrylic on canvas
Size: 10 inch x 10 inch 0r 25.5cm x 25.5 cm
He reminds me of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.
He has a very wide grin and a big heart.
This work is in memory of Louis Wain who was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphised large-eyed cats.
He was born in 1860 and had an extremely sad life. He was the first of six children (the only boy) and none of his five sisters ever married. He had to financially support them all and his mother,
At the age of 23 he married his sister’s governess (10 years his senior) quite a scandal in those days. Soon after they married Emily (his wife) discovered she had cancer and died 3 years later.
Louis used to entertain her when she was ill in bed with his whimsical cat drawings and even taught his own cat tricks and made him tiny little spectacles to make her laugh.
Although his art was extremely popular he was ripped off by various business people/publishers. His health steadily grew worse and he was diagnosed with schizophrenia (more than likely had Aspberger syndrome). Penniless he was admitted to a pauper’s ward of a mental hospital in London. A year or so later H G Wells and the then Prime Minister of the day learnt of his fate and intervened and had him transferred to a peaceful sanatorium near St Albans in Hertfordshire. Here he spent the remainder of his life relatively happy drawing until his death in 1939.