Martin Leman


Martin Leman is one of the foremost painters of cats of his generation. He rose to prominence throughout the 1980s and 90s, after the first publication of his paintings was published, Comic & Curious Cats with text by Angela Carter in 1979. Since then he has had a further 28 books published as well as 25 solo shows.


English art historian Sir Roy Strong in a foreword to one of Martin’s books wrote “I can think of few other contemporary painters who are able so powerfully to distil the essence of cat on to canvas or paper”. 


Elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2007 and an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2010, Leman has exhibited internationally, including at the Mall Galleries and in the exclusive Weston Room during the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. 

Favoured by collectors and gallerists alike, he encapsulates the personalities of cats and incorporates pieces of Modern British Art within the paintings, as with the painting by Alfred Wallis in Postcard from St Ives (pictured).


Martin Leman (b.1934) currently lives and works in London, UK.