Richard Saunders, the celebrated surrealist artist, is unquestionably a passionate cat lover. If you have an affinity for the realms of magic, surrealism, and fantasy, prepare yourself for an enchanting delight! You may have encountered his renowned Topiary Cat images as they’ve circulated online for years. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to emphasize that these creations are the manifestations of his vibrant imagination given form, rather than depictions of genuine, massive Topiary Cats adorning magnificent gardens.
The image displayed above is actually the very first Topiary Cat image that was shared on the internet. Unfortunately, someone decided to remove the watermark, which caused many to mistake it for a genuine colossal topiary. While you can’t physically visit The Topiary Cat, you can certainly indulge in over 60 captivating images available online!
Richard provides an explanation on his website for this particular image’s creation. He reveals that it was crafted by blending a photograph he had taken of Hall Barn in Beaconsfield with a picture of Tolly, his beloved Russian Blue Cat. This artistic fusion aimed to complement the massive abstract ‘cloud’ topiary situated by the nearby lake at that very location.
Numerous enchanting images like these are available online, and you even have the option to order them for adorning your home or gifting to someone who would appreciate their beauty.
For added enjoyment, The Topiary Cat frequently imparts meaningful messages to its fans on Facebook, much like the one shared below…
Good morning! I have been chatting to The Master today and he is a little concerned that certain mortals, troublesome beings that they are, have been using this portal (Facebook, is that what they call it?) in ways that seem unethical. I understand none of this and would just like to reassure that I am not going anywhere, because I would miss all of you much too much. I am too set in my ways to worry about such matters and hope you feel the same as we do. Richard isn’t bothered about what he shares on here and nor am I. To be honest we are both quite innocent beings, but we do know we shouldn’t post anything here that we wouldn’t want anyone else to know or share with others. Of course I do hide myself when the occasion arises; that’s what The Topiary Cat does best!
Curious how this giant green kitty cat came about? Watch the video below to see Richard talk about the inspiration behind his famous work of feline art:
Richard resides in the idyllic Hertfordshire, England, drawing boundless inspiration from the breathtaking English countryside for his surreal feline masterpieces. Following the passing of Tolly, he has opened his heart to another Russian Blue cat, acknowledging that no cat can ever replace the love he cherished for his departed feline friend. Yet, fueled by his inexhaustible imagination and enduring affection for his late companion, Richard ensures that Tolly’s spirit will persist eternally through his artistic creations.
An image of Tolly, the feline inspiration behind The Topiary Cat:
Such a beautiful inspiration!
I truly admire how skillfully he has portrayed the charming Tolly in this artwork. And for the keen-eyed observer, there’s another delightful depiction of Tolly on the right…
If you’re interested in staying updated with Richard’s Topiary Cat, you can follow him on Facebook by visiting this link. Alternatively, you can explore the Topiary Cat website here. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Richard for graciously allowing me to share these incredible images with all of you. They are truly remarkable! And if you happen to know someone who would appreciate them, please don’t hesitate to share.
Take a look at that vibrant green tongue!
What better place to take a cat nap than on the shore!
Catching the purrfect sunset…
All Images Courtesy of The Topiary Cat