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Andrew Thornton Original Art - Holiday Collection-Yule Cat — 2019

  • Andrew Thornton Original Art - Holiday Collection-Yule Cat — 2019

Original art by Andrew Thornton from his 2019 Holiday Collection. Listing is for one piece; you will receive the one shown in the photo. We make every attempt to portray colour as realistically as possible, however, not all screens are the same. Please note that actual colour may vary from what is seen on your screen. For more information, please feel free to email us at with the item name.

Size is approximately 11” x 14” (14" x 18" framed). Acrylic and mixed media on heavy bristol board with several layers of gesso and an absorbent ground.

From Andrew: Have you heard of Jólakötturinn? In my search for interesting winter holiday folklore, I came across this creature. It's also known as "The Yule Cat". It hails from Iceland and is a giant cat that prowls the countryside looking to eat children who didn't get new clothing for Christmas. I guess it was used as a method to boost cloth productivity back in the day. Nothing quite says Christmas like threatening the lives of your children with being consumed by an enormous cat! LOL! Some believe that he is the pet of Gryla, a giantess who also has a taste for naughty children.

I decided to do my version, which is less sinister and could be just a cute holiday cat wearing a scarf. The original design was based off of Paulo, but then I started to think about that cat that is in all those woman screaming at cat memes and it started to soak into my brain and take on that look (a little).

To make the painting, I start out by creating layers of paint and salt on heavy bristol paper. Once everything is dry, I sand down the surface and remove all the crunchies. It creates a really neat patterning. To that, I add more layers of acrylic paintings, iridescent pigments, and metallic paints. And when they're done, I seal them.

This piece is also signed and dated on the back. Shipping amounts are built into the price. No extra shipping is needed in the continental USA. For foreign purchases, please email us at


Andrew Thornton Original Art - Holiday Collection-Yule Cat — 2019


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