Anna Randal for Art-Sheep

Apart from their unique personalities and extravagant lives, most of artists shared a common passion, the passion for cats.

Alison Nastasia gathered for the first time, a collection of behind-the scenes stories of more than 50 famous artists and their furry friends. The compilation is all included in a book titled, Artists and Their Cats, and it captures many and various artist-cat relationships, in charming photographs and engaging text. These photographs beautifully reveal how an artistic soul and a lonely, independent spirit can create a strong bond between them. Looking through these pictures one can notice the softer side of many famous artists, while their feline friends  seem to mirror their owners’ mood and attitude.

The book is is available through

Henri Matisse/ © Robert Capa / © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos


Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cat/ James van der Zee / 1982



Herbert Tobias / Photograph by Peter Fuerst; @ 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


Maya Lin, © Michael Katakis, The British Library


Georgia O’Keeffe, Photograph by John Candelario, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives


Pablo Picasso, Photograph by Carlos Nadal, 1960; © Estate of Pablo Picasso, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Andy Warhol 1, © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


John Cage, Courtesy of the John Cage Trust