John Kurtz Neon Orange Cat

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Neon orange cat with googley eyes and green and yellow features hand-painted in relief

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JAK '23

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In 1961 John A. Kurtz received a scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. After a stint in the Navy and an early career in photography, he turned to painting in 1968 and has continued since. Influences include comics such as George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and Walt Kelly’s Pogo, and Mad Magazine artists Wally Wood, Jack Davis, and Basil Wolverton. His colorful art continues to be displayed in galleries around Chicago.


Hagan, Anthony. (2017, April 29). Aliens, clowns, birds and some sort of skull with John A Kurtz. Style No Chaser. Retrieved from

Catalog ID AR0493