Cat Temple & Fish, 1992

Gaylen Hansen
(American, born 1921)

Location: Harbor Heights Elementary, Gig Harbor


Cat Temple & Fish is a drawing by artist Gaylen Hansen. It is part of a body of imaginative artworks that feature oversized animals that become part of a fantastical landscape or environment. Hansen composed these characters in a way that plays with scale and with our perceptions of nature and reality.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Peninsula School District.


Artist Gaylen Hansen creates expressive figurative paintings and drawings. Many of his works depict a character called the "Kernal" who travels through surreal landscapes that reference the Palouse region of Washington where Hansen lives and works.
Born in Garland, Utah, Hansen received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1953 and taught art at Washington State University in Pullman, Eastern Washington. He was honored with a Washington State Governor's Arts and Heritage Award in 1989/90.

MediumCharcoal on paper
Dimensions2 ft 6 in x 3 ft 8 in
ID NumberWSAC1995.335.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyPeninsula School District
Artwork LocationHarbor Heights Elementary
WA CountyPierce
Site TypePublic School
Address4002 36th St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Geo. Coordinates47.292257, -122.593386
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