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Jay Thompson is the creator, curator and keeper of a large collection of curios that he collectively calls CAT WORKS.

He works like a painter, but instead of using a brush and oils he invents situations of altered realities with digital processors. By using original and repurposed vintage photography, along with heavily painted and designed elements, which he layers and meticulously stitches together. Blending the above with his unique sense of humor and you achieve his main goal...a strong visual experience.

This experience as artwork, is non-pretentious and approachable...they warm your heart. However, this does not mean that these compelling creations are simple....they are not. SOME storytelling contained within is multi-layered and complex, MANY reveal deeper meanings with further viewing. ALL are easy to live with even as they invite study and comment.

Cat Works represents Jay Thompson’s attitudes, his beliefs and is mixed generously with his point-of-view. Are these the surreal snapshots of the imagination? Or...are they something more? The hy-bred creatures shown here are completely self-aware. The offer no apology for their existence.

In fact, their existence is unique. Their society, their moral code, their very history ALL mirror the viewer. BUT there is a predatory under-current that permeates the collection. Fang and claw...just out of sight, reminds us of our base nature and our more primitive urges. Then again these may just be, the surreal snapshots of the imagination.

This is DIGITAL ART at a very creative level. Processing and composition programs are Jay Thompson’s main tools. Highest quality archival papers and inks are used to produce strict limited editions that are personally signed and numbered.


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AddressJay Thompson
7 Marjean Ct.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
United States
Daytime phone314-960-2079
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Jay Thompson is a 66 year old curmudgeon who lives in Kirkwood, Missouri as well as Deerfield, IL. His lifetime companion and wife Victoria has mostly managed to tolerate him.

His one daughter Aimee, and two grandchildern Jessica, and Adam nicely fill out the family.

Jay has been a digital artist from the time of the first Macintosch in 1985.
This is a mysterious collection of works that has been in hibernation for well over a century. These curios have been collectively titled “CAT WORKS”.

Their origin is not known. This cabinet of curiosities had lain in an abandoned coal cellar, within a forgotten steamer trunk until 1909, when it was discovered by my grandfather. He became the first curator of this bizarre, almost surreal, collection, which includes over 200 hand-colored photographs, daguerreotypes and glass plate negatives as well as notes, letter fragments and other cryptic and arcane communication references.

They defy definition and even, in some cases, description. Certain pieces appear to have futurist elements, while others have obscure historical footnotes. Almost all reflect a stark understanding of place and self awareness.

Inexplicable subject matter abounds. For example: the cult of the machine, the symbolic arrangement of elements, and the society of narcissism. There are also analogies and speculations of philosophical, scientific, naturalist tendencies. Many oddities are unexplained.

The following are selected excerpts – equally mysterious – from my grandfather’s journal:


There exists a shadow reality where rules of biology have drastically diverged. How this has come about is matter of debate; most believe that it was dreamed. In this scenario the ostensibly benevolent yet ruling species is feline. Others exist.

A broadcast mutation gene has mixed a group of organisms and made the species capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring, a MARVEL of biodiversity. Homo-sapiens in their original form have disappeared from this stage, but are NOT forgotten. Indeed, they are admired, copied, even at times worshiped. Flotsam and jetsam of the originators have washed ashore. Various concepts and ideas are held in high esteem.

This reality appears to be stuck in a pocket of time that ripples from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Through family inheritance this collection has come into my hands. After a considerable internal debate I have decided to release a limited selection, while preservation, classification and analysis continue. It is my hope that you will find them as beautiful, curious and mysteriously satisfying as I have.

Jay Thompson
Current Curator


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