Jane O'Hara is one of the artists featured in The William-Scott Gallery's Memorial Day Annual Salon preview. If you're on Cape Cod this weekend, stop by reception and meet the artists on Friday, May 24, 2013, 7-9 pm.
Artist and longtime Dog Art Today reader Angie Ketelhut surprised me with this painting of my dog Tyler Foote* in all his handsome, farm dog glory. I know I'm biased, but I think it's one of her best portraits.
* Tyler Foote is a road in Nevada County, California built in 1913 by Arthur DeWint Foote who was artist and writer Mary Hallock Foote's
husband. Tyler Foote Road connectes North Columbia, California to a town called
Cherokee that used to be called Tyler. I'm not sure why the town was called Tyler, but I plan to find out.
I highly recommend you visit the Brain Activity website to see more of David's work. It's not creepy, serious, here-are-dead-stuffed-animals-to-make-you-uncomfortable work. It's thoughtful and truly hilarious. In fact, according to Nick Clark's article in The Independent, the director of Tate Britain and chair of the jury, Penelope Curtis, believes “[Shrigley] had been wrongly overlooked for a long time because his work suggested itself as being just funny and therefore marginal...Just because it’s funny, doesn’t mean it’s not good.”
Good luck, David. The winner is announced December 2, 2013. I think he'll take it.
Lazerian is Liam Hopkins' design workshop, founded in 2006, based in a former hat factory in Manchester, England. Gerald is Lazerian's mascot, part of a 2008 rebranding inspired by a Bracco Italiano, a hunting dog known for its devotion to its master, and meant to evoke the qualities of loyalty, heritage, and affection that Lazerian instills in its projects. The new image inspired Hopkins and 3D designer Richard Sweeney create "a blueprint for a free standing paper dog that anyone could make at home with a sharp knife, glue and a healthy degree of patience."
In 2009, the pattern was perfected and launched at the 100% Design event in London. The flat pack Geralds completely sold out. Hopkins and Sweeney then created customized Geralds, Dazzle and Pixel, that were also sensations. In 2011, Hopkins sent Gerald patterns to 100 of his favorite artists, designers, and illustrators around the world and the Gerald Project was born.
A recent eLIFE study that found "two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the
skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together...consistent with a common occurrence of oral–skin transfer between dogs and their owners," aka doggie kisses.
The bacteria is harmless and may actually boost the immune system. Not surprisingly, there was no "analogous germ signature for cat owners."
The study reminded me of one of my favorite dog paintings of one of my favorite people, Sarah Bibb, friend, fashion designer, and owner of the the lovely Folly boutique in Portland, Oregon. The intimacy of dog and owner that many of us share doesn't always find it's way into pet portraits.