My paintings are usually about the fall and reflection of light on surfaces, patterns & texture … moments in time. Cats with their rich patterns and textures are perfect subjects for me.
So I had to stop and hold my breath when I first saw Doorkins Magnificat in Southwark Cathedral!
This perfect, elegant little stray with her fur glowing in light from candles and stained glass windows was almost a vision! She seemed completely at home and unfazed by the vastness of the soaring arches, the beauty and grandeur of her awe-inspiring surroundings.
With her Abyssinian coat and beautiful face she makes me think of that lovely quote about the birds of the air and the lilies of the fields..
‘consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these’
Professional artist Celia Pike is known for her paintings of cats. Featuring the family’s cats in domestic environments over the decades, many of the paintings have been published as greetings cards. Probably the most famous and adored feline model to feature in the card collection is Doorkins Magnificat of Southwark Cathedral herself!
1970-71 Central College of Art and Design
1971-74 St Martin’s School of Art
1972-73 Falmouth School of Art landscape painting
1974-77 Royal Academy of Art
Awarded a David Murray Travel Scholarship and subsequently spent time in South of France landscape painting.
Celia now lives and works in her studio in South London, cats, interiors and landscapes being her main subjects.