CatCon 2022 Art Exhibit Centers Nicolas Cage and His Beloved Cat Merlin

Notice to all cat lovers and Nicholas Cage Fans! Cage and his love for his cat inspired an art exhibit. The exhibition, titled Uncaged: The Unbearable Weight of Genius Cat Art, will debut at CatCon from October 1-2, 2022 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The annual convention brings together cat culture and pop culture and has a community of cat lovers that spans the globe.


“Nicolas Cage is an artist’s dream subject – he’s cult, he’s camp and he’s DGAF,” the CatCon founder said. Susan Michaux in a report. “Cats have many of the same characteristics, so why not combine the two and celebrate it on canvas?”

The decision to include Nicolas Cage and his cat Merlin in CatCon was made because Susan Michals noticed Cage’s references to her cats during interviews. In particularly noteworthy questions and answers shared by Lionsgate while promoting the film The unbearable weight of massive talentCage said “Well, my best friend is a cat. And his name is Merlin. He is an atypical cat. He is very affectionate. He likes contact. Sometimes he jumps in his bed and he hugs me in his arms, you know? I’d actually think that’s my wife. No, that’s Merlin. And it’s just an incredible energy of love and affection that emanates from that cat. It’s a real, real darling, so he’s my best friend.

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This inspired Michals, who told Yahoo Entertainment that she wanted to “honor Nicolas Cage, honor his love of cats, honor the fact that…he does things the way he wants, kind of like cats.”

Seven artists have created original works of art dedicated to Nicolas Cage and Merlin. An artist named Brian Hoffman, created an 11 inch by 14 inch print, which is adorned with diamond dust, embossed and framed in a vintage frame. Entitled Catstor Troythe piece is a tribute to Cage’s wild-eyed villain Castor Troy in the 1997 film Front/Off. It features the actor wearing a blue bow, his head on a retro cartoon girl’s body while surrounded by three cartoon cats, which is accompanied by a cartoon-style caption that reads “C is for Catstor Troy”.

Vanessa Stockard created an oil on cardboard work titled Wild in artwhich depicts Cage being kissed by a life-size version of Merlin, who has glowing yellow eyes and a matching yellow wig.

These are just a few examples of the many playful and heartwarming tributary artworks that will be on display at CatCon. All the works devoted to Cage and Merlin are whimsical and light, even a little offbeat too. Cage obviously has an amazing relationship with his cat, and the artwork definitely does that relationship justice. The art in Without cage will be available for sale in person at Cat Con and online via catartshow.com. Ten percent of proceeds will go to cat-related charities, such as Ashley’s Kitten Academy, Milo’s Sanctuary and RedRover.

Cat Art Show was founded by Susan Michals in 2014 and remains one of the world’s most popular art shows devoted to all things feline. Some of the artists featured this year include Gary Basman, FAILURE, Marc Ryden, Haroshi, Shepard Fairey, Norman Reedusand others.

CatCon will take place October 1-2 in Pasadena, California. You can see more information about the event and buy tickets online at event website. Check out some of the pieces from the show below.

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