Leman’s first book of paintings, entitled ‘Comic & Curious Cats’ was published in 1979. Since then he has had a further 28 books published and held 25 one man shows and has exhibited in countless mixed exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition where his work has even been exhibited in the exclusive Weston room. 


His work quickly acquired an international reputation through the publication of his many books of cat paintings, which appeared regularly throughout the 1980s and 90s. 


Martin Leman was born in 1934 in London. He attended Art school in Worthing, which was followed by National Service in Egypt after which he studied at The Central School of Art and Design. 


For several years he taught at London College of Printing and St. Martin’s School of Art. 


The most recent book to be published of his work is ‘Martin Leman, A World of His Own’ by Sansom & Company.