Artist B. Kliban used a cast of feline characters to express his whimsical sense of humor. He purrfectly captured in colorful watercolors and cartoons the ever-confident--if occasionally ridiculous--behavior of cats (and perhaps of humans as well).
B. “Hap” Kliban (American, 1935-1990) began drawing and painting when he was a child. He attended Pratt Institute in New York but dropped out to become a beatnik painter in Europe. After a few years in Florence, he returned to the United States and settled in San Francisco, where he began to establish himself as one of America’s top cartoonists.
His sometimes realistic, often surreal portrayals of striped felines have long delighted legions of fans. And what’s not to love about cats painting a cat mural, cuddling with a toy Santa under the tree, or patiently waiting for the turkey to be served?