Cat Out Of The Bag  by Jono Doiron

Starting bid: $2,000.00

The painting above is a combination of the aforementioned idiom and the hypothesis that Felix’s magic bag is actually an enchanted Egyptian artifact that contains the spirit of Bastet. This would explain it’s divine powers and why the bag only obeys Felix, as she is sworn to protect all cats. In the image, Felix has been halted at airport security over something suspicious that has been spotted via the baggage check X-ray: what appears to be the skull of a cat. Though Felix warns them not to tamper with it, an unpermitted opening rouses the deity to act defensively believing her kin is in danger.  (The ’19’ on gate nineteen in the painting is a hidden reference to the year of Felix’s premiere.)

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Cat Out Of The Bag 

Estimated Value: $8,000

Felix the Cat is the world’s first animated cartoon superstar! His legacy predates Mickey Mouse by nine years and his earliest cartoons existed before both synchronized sound and colored film. His first appearance was in a cartoon called  ‘Feline Follies’ premiered November 9th, 1919. (The character will be 100 years old this year, 2019!) Though, he was not named Felix until his third appearance ‘The Adventures of Felix’ (released on December 14, 1919).The character is a loveable mischievous anthropomorphic cat that inhabits a surreal world. My very favorite incarnation of Felix the Cat is the television aired animated series ‘The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat’ (1995-1996). The show bordered on edgy, surreal, psychedelic and a visual ode to the early ‘rubber-hosey’ style of animation. (I had a friend who’s parents forbid him to watch it as it was “too weird” by their standards. Which, of course, only augmented his interest.)

Beginning in 1958, a limited animated series of Felix the cat launched and introduced one of the world’s most famous cartoon props: Felix’s ‘magic bag of tricks’. A singular bright yellow bag with black X’s and dots pattern that has the ability to transform into any prop Felix needs to aid his situation. The exact circumstances in which he has attained his magic bag or the source of it’s powers have never been revealed. On occasions where Felix’s magic bag has been seized, it proves to be very uncooperative to all captors. The bag shows a loyalty to Felix alone and responds only to his requests, suggesting it is also sentient.

To “let the cat out of the bag” is a famous idiom that means to reveal a secret that can never again be retained (usually at the undesired expense of the person withholding the secret). Akin to Felix’s magic bag, it’s exact origin is a mystery. There are several theories to the source of the idiom, but no definite one all historians can agree on.

 

In ancient Egypt, cats were worshiped as they hunted pests that would ruin their crops and perishable goods. Bastet (or, Bast) is an ancient Egyptian goddess attributed to several traits. Most notably: cats, motherhood and  protection. In Egyptian lore, she is depicted with the head of a domesticated cat and the body of a woman. (Originally a lioness, later also a black cat adorned with jewelry.)

The painting above is a combination of the aforementioned idiom and the hypothesis that Felix’s magic bag is actually an enchanted Egyptian artifact that contains the spirit of Bastet. This would explain it’s divine powers and why the bag only obeys Felix, as she is sworn to protect all cats. In the image, Felix has been halted at airport security over something suspicious that has been spotted via the baggage check X-ray: what appears to be the skull of a cat. Though Felix warns them not to tamper with it, an unpermitted opening rouses the deity to act defensively believing her kin is in danger.  (The ’19’ on gate nineteen in the painting is a hidden reference to the year of Felix’s premiere.)

Terms and conditions :

  • Title: Cat Out Of The Bag
  • Artist:  Jono D
  • Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
  • Size : 14″ x 18″ (image)
    17.5″ x 21.5″ (including frame)
  • Date: 2019
  • Signature: back
  • The painting is non refundable
  • Winner pays for shipping
  •  framed
  • If you have any questions about this lot email hello(at) fashionfightscancer.org 

 

Auction History

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