Meet ‘Clemence’ by MAIO

AKA Cat Lady

We found Clemence in a Belgian street market for two Euros. Two Euros! What a bargain. Well, she did come with a filthy, broken, sprayed-gold frame that we subsequently ripped off in The Great Unpack of Tina ’10. Clemence made it all the way back from the Continent to Glossop lying face down under half a ton of West German pottery.

She’s marked with a name: Mai0. So far, my searches have proved fruitless in discovering who the mysterious Maia is. *Update – I’ve since found out that it’s actually ‘Maio’; hence I couldn’t find anything before!* However, Pop Boutique in Manchester is selling a very small print featuring the same woman in a different post for twenty squids… I’m actually tempted by it.

My friend, Rachel, also loves ‘Cat Lady’ as we’ve christened her. I’m trying to persuade her to come as Cat Lady to our Halloween party this year. If she doesn’t do it, I might. That or Tretchikoff’s ‘Balinese Girl’. I’ve always wondered what I’d look like with green skin.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Phil Mitchell says:

    Like the pic!

  2. Ricky says:

    i adore this artist. You can find more at check it out. They can answer any questions you really have.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Hello! When I was a child, my grandparent’s had this print hanging in their basement. Since losing both my Grandma and Grandpa, I’d absolutely LOVE to have a copy of this print as a memoir of them and my childhood time spent with them both. If anyone knows of where I can get one, I’d be so very grateful. God Bless and Thank You. Tiffany

  4. sealaughing says:

    I had this hanging above my bed as a child in the 60’s. Another by the same artist hung above my sister’s bed: a blonde with a white poodle in a pink & blue harlequin outfit. I always thought they were meant to be a set. Thanks for posting this; I’d love to find a copy.

    I’m a writer now, and my storytelling began when I lay in bed at night, telling myself tales about this girl (whom I named Flortasha; I called the kittens Dagny & Dalcy!) in the land of Fernflower…I imagined her coming out of the picture to play with me, then leading me back inside to the magical land she lived in. I’m so glad to know the true name of the painting; maybe I can find a print of my own, now.

    1. littleowlski says:

      That’s such a fantastic story, thanks for sharing it here! And I really hope it helps you to find your own copy. Let me know if you do! Emma

    2. Cindy Nall says:

      I actually have this print and it is framed. I am going to let it go….Let me know if you are still interested. Thanks! 256-347-1612

  5. I have 2 different Maio pix – a brunet & a blonde which my Mum bought me in the 1960’s. There was a 3rd one available (a redhead) at the time, but by the time we saved the money it was sold and I’ve never been able to find another one. I still have them and I’ll never give them up!

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