The Surrealist Artist’s Extraordinary Skill: Bringing A Topiary Cat To Vivid Life

Renowned surrealist artist Richard Saunders is undoubtedly a devoted cat enthusiast. If you have an appreciation for magic, surrealism, and fantasy, you’re in for an absolutely purrfect treat! You may have come across his famous Topiary Cat images circulating on the internet over the years. However, it’s essential to clarify that these are the products of his vivid imagination brought to life, and not representations of real giant Topiary Cats adorning breathtaking gardens.


The image displayed above is actually the very first Topiary Cat image that was shared on the internet. Regrettably, someone took it upon themselves to remove the watermark, which led many to believe it was a real-life colossal topiary. So, while you can’t physically visit The Topiary Cat, you can certainly enjoy over 60 captivating images online!

On his website, Richard explains that this image was created by combining a photograph he had taken of Hall Barn in Beaconsfield with a photo of Tolly, his Russian Blue Cat. This was done to match the enormous abstract ‘cloud’ topiary located by the lake at that location.


Numerous enchanting images like these are available online, and you even have the option to order them for adorning your home or gifting to someone who would appreciate their beauty.

For added enjoyment, The Topiary Cat frequently imparts meaningful messages to its fans on Facebook, much like the one shared below…

Good morning! I have been chatting to The Master today and he is a little concerned that certain mortals, troublesome beings that they are, have been using this portal (Facebook, is that what they call it?) in ways that seem unethical. I understand none of this and would just like to reassure that I am not going anywhere, because I would miss all of you much too much. I am too set in my ways to worry about such matters and hope you feel the same as we do. Richard isn’t bothered about what he shares on here and nor am I. To be honest we are both quite innocent beings, but we do know we shouldn’t post anything here that we wouldn’t want anyone else to know or share with others. Of course I do hide myself when the occasion arises; that’s what The Topiary Cat does best!

Curious how this giant green kitty cat came about? Watch the video below to see Richard talk about the inspiration behind his famous work of feline art:

Residing in the picturesque Hertfordshire, England, Richard finds endless inspiration in the stunning English countryside for his surrealistic feline creations. Since Tolly’s passing, he has welcomed another Russian Blue cat into his life, though he acknowledges that no cat can replace the love he held for his departed feline companion. Nevertheless, Richard’s boundless imagination and enduring affection for his late cat ensure that Tolly’s spirit will endure eternally through his artistic creations.


An image of Tolly, the feline inspiration behind The Topiary Cat:

Such a beautiful inspiration!

I truly admire how skillfully he has portrayed the charming Tolly in this artwork. And for the keen-eyed observer, there’s another delightful depiction of Tolly on the right…

If you’re interested in staying updated with Richard’s Topiary Cat, you can follow him on Facebook by visiting this link. Alternatively, you can explore the Topiary Cat website here. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Richard for graciously allowing me to share these incredible images with all of you. They are truly remarkable! And if you happen to know someone who would appreciate them, please don’t hesitate to share.


Take a look at that vibrant green tongue!

What better place to take a cat nap than on the shore!

Catching the purrfect sunset…


All Images Courtesy of The Topiary Cat

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