Jo Coffey – Cat a Day

Exploring the immensely rewarding relationship that is being a human lucky enough to live with cats in their life.

A lifetime of bottled up cats and art flow out.

A journey of love and loss, of joy and pain.

In 2016 the celebrated feline The Bear died. Jo instinctively drew the small black sad cat in black biro in her morning pages. The next day she found she drew more cats and soon had dedicated sketch pads for them living by her bed. Since then she has drawn a cat a day, usually first thing in the morning. Each time new inspiration is needed a new cat or cat experience appears to fuel more felines to fill the pages.

Some of the Cat a Day sketch cats go on to become CoffeyCats whether it be in on greetings cards, or notelets or feature on mugs or tshirts. Some of them develop into original artworks.

This exhibition features a few of the hundreds of cats produced so far created for the Tiny Cat Gallery and other exhibitions of great works on a small scale.

(warning: contains live animals and sad moments)

Download the Cat a Day Cat-a-logue


Artists Statement

Jo Coffey is an artist living in rural Devon.

She loves nature, plants, cats, colour, patterns, textiles, psychology and language.

Jo works with media: pencil, pastel, sharpies and fine liners; watercolour, brusho, acrylics and textiles, papers and found items.

Jo’s art currently is dominated by cats and exploring their nature, their importance to us, their elegance and shapes, and the pleasures and pain they bring into our lives.

Instagram @JoCoffeyCat

Technical Specs

  • The Bear 16 x 27 cm
  • MilliePaws 18.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Cat Hole 16 x 27 cm
  • Pin Up 16.5 x 26.5 cm
  • Zig Zag 15.5 x 24 cm
  • Flower Girl 2 18 x 30 cm

Artwork is light fast on acid free paper. 

Jo Coffeys drawings are of many different cats with their own stories

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