Artist bio

Catnip is a multidisciplinary artist born in the qathet region. He's spent his career painting murals all over his town (on just about any surface that'll accept paint), putting on collective art shows, building colorful stages for music events and generally stimulating the arts in the area. His work uses playful symbolism to convey a colourful story of our inner workings, and uses archetypal themes with a cartoony whimsy to touch on heavy topics like God and the Journey of self. Often called Pre-Galactic Contemporary, his canvas work is intentionally accessible for people with smaller income, as he believes (from experience with adverse poverty) art is helpful to overcome adversity. The artist known as Catnip intends to open pathways of the tangible for misunderstood artists that exist all over, and create opportunity methods that weren't there before, with the main theme of Gratitude. Catnip is a one man team, working with God to bring colour onto the planet, and direct us all towards our Kingdom of Heaven.


Pierce the Veil, or "Staff of Spirit"



Artist Statement

All of my works continue a story of my own learning and unveiling. If you look through my work starting from the beginning when I was a child, you can track where I found jesus, and then where I found god, and where I found angels, and where I found prayer. This piece is after all of these things, and learning to stand as strong as a giant statue, unwavering and true to the lord to cast out evil from Earth.
Many versions of my self exist in this piece, from the dreamer boy waking up to see all of this activity, the strong statue that is my faith, the watcher from the sky who smiles, and more to be revealed as we look.

How it fits into contest

Well, once I read the topic I knew instantly which piece from 2019 I should submit. Standing true to the lord in your armour... That is like me creating my art. My breastplate the canvas and my sword the brush. Every day I live this, and every day I thank the lord to be able to stand in the face of darkness and shine my light, protected by all the angels i've come to know and love. Almost every word in the verse mentioned could be somehow be represented here in this piece... Although the one that bounces out to me and always has is : "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Which is now inspiring me to be ready for the journey ahead. I stand ready to serve the lord.


Just God and I.

How to Purchase this Artwork

This is an original work created in 2019, and is acrylic paint on stretched canvas. It is available at $2222 and is stretched on a canadian wood frame. Prints can be made upon request, for $50 at 11x17inches

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

I take commissions in terms of Mural work and Canvas work, and would love to create for anyone willing to let me share my grace with their world.

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