The Best Mid-Century Modern Cat Art Being Made Today

Dignified felines have been featured in countless styles of art throughout history, but in my totally unbiased opinion they are best represented in mid-century modern cat art.

The swanky era of Sputniks and martinis was a perfect match for the posh kitties that we love.

So I’m happy to report that mid-century style cat art is still readily available today. Here’s a look at what it is, who still makes it, and where you can track down your own mod cat paintings.

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About Mid-Century Modern Cat Art

Mid-century cats go by many names. I usually call them mod cats. They’re also referred to as retro cats or atomic kitties, since they’re sometimes painted with Sputniks and starbursts from the atomic era.

Retro space cat painting

Boomerang Cat Art

These are the features you’ll usually find in mid-century cat paintings (but, in true cat form, they don’t always follow the “rules”).

  • Abstract Cat Bodies: They may have bowling pin bodies, long skinny necks, or spiky legs in a sort of “H” shape. Some have football heads, while others have crescent moon heads.
  • Mid-Century Shapes: Sometimes they share the canvas with other mid-mod shapes, like boomerangs or diamonds.
  • Retro Colors: Look for fun colors, like orange, aqua, yellow, lime and pink.
Retro red and yellow space cat painting

Space Cat Print


Meet Today’s Atomic Cat Artists

El Gato Gomez

El Gato Gomez paints atomic space cats and even a few tiki-loving mer-kitties, like this sweetheart. And her Christmas cat paintings are PRECIOUS.

Donna Mibus

You’ll find the Donna Mibus mod cats lounging in all sorts of mid-century scenes. They love tikis, bubble lamps and bullet planters. I’m the proud owner of the Donna Mibus painting seen here, and my cats are big fans.

Modern cat art in mid-century bedroom

More: See how I display mod kitty decor in my cat-themed guest room

Jeffrey Coleson

Jeffrey Coleson’s mod cats are decidedly playful and mischievous, with whimsically curvy tails and innocent over-sized eyes, like this. Sometimes the kitties even get a crown, like Princess here. She looks right at home in her mid-century chair.

DexMex – Mike and Barb Dexter

DexMex has hundreds of mid-century cat prints, with felines owning every room in the house. There are cats in the office, the garden, the laundry room, and even coffee-loving cats for the kitchen. I love this colorful print for the office or living room.

ModerncreatByHeather – Heather Ross

Heather Ross creates handmade cat art using scrapbooking paper. Her mod kitties (and a few pups) can be found posing by pumpkins, getting into trouble in the kitchen or celebrating the holidays in mid-century style. If you see one you like, snatch it up, because these cats are one-of-a-kind.

Cat Spilling Coffee - Mod wall art made by ModerncreatByHeather

Sk8ghost – Tina Lawing

Sk8ghost’s mid-century kitties have an industrial vibe and are sometimes pictured with cityscapes and retro stars. The original canvas paintings come in a variety of colors and sizes, including mini canvases for smaller spaces or budgets.

Shag – Josh Agle

Shag creates all sorts of limited-edition Palm Springs style prints, including several mod cat options. These cats are fabulous.

Shag (Josh Agle) Cocktail Kitty Fridge Magnet

Shag Magnet

Art of Scooter – Scott “Scooter” Burroughs

Scooter creates cat prints and paintings in all your favorite mid-century colors. His cats can be seen exploring space, playing some vinyl and getting up to no good.


Where to Find Mid-Century Modern Cat Art

Many of the above artists have online stores you can check out, and some have products on Amazon, too. Here are a few favorite mid-century cat paintings and prints available on Amazon.

Martini Cat with Astrobursts & Green, Orange & Blue Bubbles

Martini Cat Framed Art

Mid-century modern cat art with kitty lounging in sphere chair

Cat Chair Print

Mid-century modern cat art with retro shapes

Atomic Cat Print


Mid-Century Cat Art

If you’re feeling creative, you can also make a custom mid-century style painting based on your own atomic kitties.


4 thoughts on “The Best Mid-Century Modern Cat Art Being Made Today”

  1. WOW! I never realized there were so many artists that painted the mid-century kitties. It was fun checking them all out! (I do believe the “Tara Besore cat art” owns up to these totally!!) I think you should do one with a tiki or two in it for the tiki-bar room! It looked also like there were types of kitty art for any room someone might want to make into a cat-themed room. ( I thought the one with the 3 mid-century ladies would look awesome in the mid-century kitchen. 🙂 ) Great fun blog!!

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    • I was surprised to see how many MCM cat artists there are. I discovered a bunch of new paintings I need to add to my collection! I’m currently hunting down tiki decor, and I love the idea of a DIY tiki cat painting…I will have to see what I can come up with. 🙂

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  2. Hello, I loved your article, and the cats that you left us to create our own art. But now I would like to see the original atomic cats, as much as I search, I can’t find the ones that were originally painted, I only find the modern versions, I would like to know some names of artists from that time and see their original work. Excuse me if I have made a mistake when writing or what I am saying is not well understood, but I hardly speak English, so I used a translator. Greetings from Venezuela and thanks for what you share, I love cats, I love mid-century modern style and I love your blog.

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