Martin Leman has many books of his cat paintings published. His first book 'Comic & Curious Cats', with text by Angela Carter, was published in 1979. After a career in design and teaching - mainly at Hornsey College of Art - he became a full tome painter. With over twenty books published, and many one man shows, Martin's work has been exhibited worldwide. He regularly shows in the RA Summer Exhibition, and at The Mall Galleries. He became a member of The Royal Society of British Artists in 2007.
Famous for his naÔve paintings and books on cats Martin Leman was born in London, son of a Covent Garden fruit porter. Leman studied at Worthing School of Art and later at Londonís Central School of Art. He later worked as a designer, illustrator and typographer in advertising and publishing for several years.
In the early 60ís Leman turned to painting as his main occupation. A turning point in his career was a painting of a small tabby cat situated in a decorative interior. It sold immediately and so begun his long association with cats. He is also well known for his often humorous paintings of the female form.
He has exhibited internationally, and is a regular exhibitor at Londonís Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. His lifelong love of cats has become widely appreciated through reproductions in over twenty books devoted to his art.
He continues to paint and exhibit mainly in the UK where he lives.