The SKYE Art Gallery is pleased to present, “The Cat Behind the Hat!” a compelling selection of artworks from the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. This compelling selection of pieces took several months of curatorial efforts to create. And, it explores the most popular and iconic children’s book character from one of the top gross selling children's books of all-time, The Cat in The Hat. This delightful collection, based on decades of artwork, is from the fantastic and imaginary world of American children's author, illustrator, poet, and filmmaker, Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss).
Ted's cat was never far from his artist thoughts. He drew himself as The Cat Behind the Hat; his cat was the protagonist in several of his Secret Art paintings. As a fun aside, many of his early advertisements and cartoons had a "cat bystander" witnessing all the action. They hinted at Ted's adventures across the world, his reclusive sensibility despite his fame, and his penchant for the childlike fantasy and humor, which infused nearly every facet of his life.
Despite the unprecedented demand during Ted's lifetime, no limited edition artworks were ever conceived, authorized, or created until this historic project began in 1997, six years after his death. That year, this exclusive project put into motion a series of artworks and exhibitions, which firmly established him as one of the most iconic artistic talents of the 20th century.
“The Cat Behind the Hat!” is a traveling exhibition that has been presented in select galleries throughout the United States and brought to Las Vegas for the first time by SKYE Art Gallery. The collection of art featured in the exhibit will include serigraphs, mixed media, and fine art on paper and canvas, as well as bronze sculptures, all highlighting the famous feline with names every bit as interesting as the colorful and clever cat himself, such as “Cat in Obsolete Shower Bath,” “Cat in the Cradle Doing Cat’s in the Cradle,” “Yawning Cat,” and the collection namesake, “The Cat Behind the Hat.”
During the "Cat Behind the Hat!" exhibition, visitors can explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss's best-known children's books. As well as, The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. You can see these works at SKYE Art Gallery from September 21 through October 6, 2019