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Cats (1990s)

December 6, 2017

Flora loved animals, and over the years he created countless images of cats, dogs, birds, horses, fish, and a few alligators. This previously unpublished gaggle of cats, rendered with pen and ink, dates from the 1990s, after Flora had retired from the commercial illustration profession and was spending his retirement creating new works every day. We are considering issuing this as a fine art mini-print.

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Mambo for Kittens

August 11, 2017

Music critic Dan Armonaitis: Sound Observations: I’ve been looking after a jumpin’, rockin’, screamin’ cat “Having volunteered to take care of a kitten for a friend who was traveling, I thought the feline might provide a muse as I struggled to come up with something to write about for this column. But every time I tried to focus on a possible topic, she’d hop in my lap and distract me with her soft fur, warm purr…

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In 2012 we sold our 200th and final oversized Mambo For Cats screen print, the last of a limited edition produced by Aesthetic Apparatus of Minneapolis in 2006. Almost immediately, a legion of Floraphiles—especially those fond of felines and Latin terpsichore—began clamoring for this work to be restored to our catalog. The nature of limited editions precludes us from issuing the work in an identical (or even comparable) format. Two hundred hand-numbered, Flora family-authenticated, 20″-square Mambo screen prints…

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Mambo for Cake

April 30, 2011

Someone who co-admins this blog recently had a birthday and his girlfriend concocted the above cake (based, of course, on this.) The (edible) elements were commissioned from a designer on Etsy and meticulously assembled by wondergal Beth Sorrentino on a chocolate cake she baked. The cake was presented to the surprised Flora archivist at Café Frida in New York. After dozens of cameras (including that of Otis Fodder, above) documented the delicacy, it was summarily…

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hieroglyphic montage

December 30, 2010

Untitled pencil drawing discovered in mid-1960s sketchpad. Theme unknown. The pad included dozens of rough pencil sketches for Flora’s 1964 book My Friend Charlie, along with a number of unrelated sketches, mainly architectural, some Mexico-inspired, most incomplete. This work echoes nothing else in the sketchpad, or any other known Flora work.

Continue Reading... hieroglyphic montage has issued a low-cost ($25) fine art print of the cover of THE DAY THE COW SNEEZED, Flora’s second kiddie book. Originally published in 1957 by Harcourt, the book was just reprinted by Enchanted Lion. Our 11″ x 8-1/2″ print features the complete cover art (used on both editions), including Flora’s playful hand-cut letters. This is an open, unnumbered edition (i.e., there is no limit on the print run).

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life in the food chain

October 14, 2010

Half-page from unfinished and untitled hand-painted children’s book prototype, ca. early 1960s. The project includes ten words (e.g., “automation,” “characteristic,” “evident,” “powerful”) defined, pronounced and illustrated for young readers. A previous partial page (“fantasy”) appeared on this blog in November 2008.

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Untitled, incomplete tempera and pencil drawing, ca. 1950, found in a sketchbook from Flora’s Mexican period (1950-51). The ghostly shadows in the periphery reflect bleedthrough from an image on the reverse side of the page. No finished or refined version of this work has been found.

Continue Reading... sittin’ (& hangin’ & swingin’) in a tree

pink & black cats

September 9, 2010

untitled tempera & pencil on paper found in early 1960s-era sketchbook

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Our large (20″ x 20″) Mambo For Cats limited edition screen print is almost sold out. We’re now offering a miniature (7″ x 7″) giclée open edition print of this renowned Flora 1955 RCA Victor LP cover. At $25.00, it’s a great alternative for those on a limited budget—or with limited wall space.

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Miff Mole’s Cat

September 14, 2009

Acrylic on canvas, 1992. Irving Milfred “Miff” Mole was a legendary American jazz trombonist who first came to prominence in 1920s hot jazz. Tommy Dorsey called him “the Babe Ruth of the trombone.” Amid the painting’s colorful details, pay special attention to this great freakin’ tree:

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Takashi Okada of Tokyo alerts us that volume 2 of his kitty-themed LP sleeve anthologies will be published imminently. The cover (above) features — well, it doesn’t quite feature Flora’s Mambo For Cats, but the artwork does play a “supporting role.” The photographer is apparently distracting the cover model with a cheezburger.

Continue Reading... Iz pussyfootin on ur Floraz, hiping new boook
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