“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” This anonymous aphorism is just one of the many quoted in Angus Hyland and Caroline Roberts’s new Book of the Cat. A collection of feline art and illustration, it takes in everyone from Warhol to Manet and Goya to David Hockney (Colette and Jules Verne too).
All of them have at one time or another been sufficiently inspired by cats to try to capture their grace and elegance in paint or pencil or prose.
Here, Russian-born, London-based illustrator Vania Zouravliov combines feline with feminine grace. Zouravliov was born in Vladimir (one of Russia’s medieval capitals) and by the end of the 1990s was studying at Edinburgh College of Art before decamping to London where he has worked for Nike and on album covers for Duran Duran and Beck, as well as editorial illustration for magazines such as Creative Review, Little White Lies, National Geographic, The Fader, Grafik and the New York Times.
What is not clear is whether he has a cat himself. If not, someone might want to help him out. For as Charles Dickens has said: “What greater gift than the love of a cat?”