Hep Cats
watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
15 x 22 in. (38.1 x 55.9 cm.)
Executed in 1969.
Created for Key West Hand Print Fabrics, Inc., Key West, Florida, 1969.
Acquired by Lilly Pulitzer, Inc., Palm Beach, Florida, sold Key West Hand Print Fabrics, Inc., 1985 to private owners.
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2016.
Susan Brown and Caroline Rennolds Milbank, Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Artist Behind an Iconic American Fashion Brand, 1962–1985, New York, 2020, p. 26 (illustrated).
New York, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Prints That Made the Fashion Brand, 1962–1985, June 2021–January 2022.
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Hep Cats rewards close looking. From afar, the pattern would appear as diagonal stripes of light and dark, but up close a whimsical orchestra appears. Lion musicians tumble every which way, playing the drums, mandolin, piano, clarinet and violin. Zuzek, ever the animal lover, treats each animal as an individual, giving them their own style and personality.
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