Painting by John Dyer. The Cat chasing the Rabbit, Cadgwith
This rare oil painting by John Dyer celebrates the fishing heritage of Cornwall and the intriguing story of the cats and rabbits of Cadgwith on the Lizard in Cornwall. Painted in 1994, but now released for sale from the artist's private collection, the oil painting beautifully integrates symbolism, shape and narrative to tell the story of Cadgwith. Find out more below:
John Dyer: In the 1950s simple neutral frames became popular for St Ives artists. John chooses an off-white so the lightest tones appear in the painting. The moulding is a variation of 'Salvator Rosa' from Italy. Hand finished in almond white paint.
Ready to hang
Strung with picture cord and ready to hang
'The Cat Chasing the Rabbit, Cadgwith (1994) is layered with multiple meanings and symbols. As well as being a picturesque fishing village on The Lizard, Cadgwith is also known for having an unusual number of both cats and rabbits. Though not obvious at first sight in this bird’s-eye view, a closer look reveals two cats and a rabbit as underlying negative shapes in a busy semi-abstract composition which is otherwise dominated by images relating to fishing: crabbers with their red flags and red marker buoys; fishermen’s huts and cottages; and the Christian symbol of a simplified fish.'