LESLEY ANNE IVORY

Lesley Anne Ivory has gained her reputation as the world's most popular painter of cats by sustaining a superlative level of invention and craftsmanship. read more...

Lesley Anne Ivory has gained her reputation as the world's most popular painter of cats by sustaining a superlative level of invention and craftsmanship. She studied at the art schools of St Albans, Watford and Luton, and, having gained the National Diploma in Design, taught at a school in Bedfordshire. Over a decade, she exhibited wood-engravings of wildlife at the Royal Academy, while creating an increasing demand for her card designs. Now married to the artist Evan Ivory and living in Hertfordshire, she works as a freelance designer and illustrator. As an illustrator, she has published many books, including Cats Know Best (1988), Meet My Cats (1989), Cats in the Sun (1991), Cats Among the Toys (1993) and Star Cats (1998). Never complacent, despite her secure position, she continues to test and stretch herself, both technically and conceptually, advancing by way of a balance between the observing eye and the designing hand. Though she is patiently fascinated by the appearance and behaviour of cats, and studies their individuality with constant and precise attention, she is never content with providing a loosely delineated backdrop or with creating hastily sketched verisimilitude. She always thinks in terms of a complete pictorial design, drawing on her impressive knowledge of the history of design in order to extend her own visual language.

CatsContemporary - Paintings & DrawingsIllustrations 
THE CHINA DOLL, DOROTHY...SITS ON THE WINDOW SEAT NOWADAYS by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

THE CHINA DOLL, DOROTHY...SITS ON THE WINDOW SEAT NOWADAYS

MINTAKA WITH HIS MOTHER LUCY ON AN ENGLISH CARPET (WM. MORRIS: BULLESWOOD CARPET) by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

MINTAKA WITH HIS MOTHER LUCY ON AN ENGLISH CARPET (WM. MORRIS: BULLESWOOD CARPET)

RACHEL'S CAT WITH CAYENNE by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

RACHEL'S CAT WITH CAYENNE

MUPPET WITH SPEEDWELL by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

MUPPET WITH SPEEDWELL

SHEENA WITH CINNAMON QUILLS by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

SHEENA WITH CINNAMON QUILLS

DANDELION WITH FRESH GINGER by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

DANDELION WITH FRESH GINGER

SPIRO WITH CORIANDER by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

SPIRO WITH CORIANDER

CHRISTIE IN THE PEONIES by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

CHRISTIE IN THE PEONIES

NIGHT: DANDELION AND MU MU IN IRISES, WITH GLOW WORM by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

NIGHT: DANDELION AND MU MU IN IRISES, WITH GLOW WORM

DAWN: WITH DANDELION AND AGNEATHA, IN LILIES by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

DAWN: WITH DANDELION AND AGNEATHA, IN LILIES

AFTERNOON: MU MU AND DANDELION IN FERNS AND PERIWINKLES by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

AFTERNOON: MU MU AND DANDELION IN FERNS AND PERIWINKLES

NOON: RA-RA AND MU MU IN ROSES by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

NOON: RA-RA AND MU MU IN ROSES

BECKY ON HEXAGONS by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

BECKY ON HEXAGONS

MOTLEY, PUFF, OCTOPUSSY, AGNEATHA, MINTAKA AND DANDELION by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

MOTLEY, PUFF, OCTOPUSSY, AGNEATHA, MINTAKA AND DANDELION

AFTER THE PICNIC by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

AFTER THE PICNIC

MALTEAZER ON MY MOSAIC by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

MALTEAZER ON MY MOSAIC

RA-RA by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

RA-RA

PHUAN AND THE CHINESE RICE BOWL by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

PHUAN AND THE CHINESE RICE BOWL

BLOSSOM ON PEACOCK FEATHER QUILT by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

BLOSSOM ON PEACOCK FEATHER QUILT

ABIGAIL'S CAT'S KITTENS ON EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 
CHINESE SILK, QUING DYNASTY by LESLEY ANNE IVORY

ABIGAIL'S CAT'S KITTENS ON EIGHTEENTH CENTURY CHINESE SILK, QUING DYNASTY