Philadelphia artist Andrew Pinkham creates incredible pet portraits, photos that blur the lines between 19th-century photography, Old Master paintings, and antique postcards. “My animal portraits challenge what we think of as historical or authentic, whether it was yesterday or hundreds of years ago. They blur the lines of time and engage the viewer in how we interpret the idea of history itself,” he writes on his website. Counting artists like Vermeer, George Stubbs, John James Audubon, and Bo Bartlett amongst his favorite painters, Pinkham was inspired by the symbolism and light of Renaissance portraits, landscape art, and his pastoral hometown of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Click through for more old-timey beasts. … Read More
We’re all aware of the fact that the rise of humans has greatly changed the lives of the rest of the animals on our planet, but no one sees the clash quite like Toronto-based artist Jacub Gagnon. Gagnon, whose work we recently spotted over at My Modern Met, juxtaposes animals with human objects, mashing them together in ways that might not make sense, but still ring strangely true. ”I create images that question and entertain the discussion of connectivity,” Gagnon explains. “I present animals and objects in bizarre manners, placing them in scenes that oppose practicality. My paintings become a space in which nature becomes unnatural, bordering surreal.” Click through to see a few of our favorite pieces from Gagnon’s extensive body of work, and then be sure to head on over to his website to check out even more for yourself. … Read More
When we first spotted Isabella Rozendaal‘s On Loving Animals photo series at Brain Pickings, we could sort of relate. Many of us own pets and aren’t entirely guiltless when it comes to humanizing animals. However, the Dutch photographer’s work proves that many folks take this to the extreme.
Rozendaal’s affectionate, strange, and even devastating images reveal the many ways we project facets of our lives and personalities onto our pets. The artist spent a year in Holland documenting these complex relationships — or what she calls an “obsessive, sentimental, and sometimes inconsiderate love of animals.” She followed owners and their furry darlings to the vet, at home, to pet shows, and to the grave. In some cases, the luxuries these attentive moms and dads afforded their beastly babies were entirely peculiar. Other customs and rituals — like dogs and cats with their own chairs (or should we say, thrones?) — are more widely practiced, but when considered through Rozendaal’s distant lens, suddenly feel unusual.
If you salivate at the sight of bacon, would you be OK with watching a squirming pig being tattooed? If the thought of eating animal flesh sickens you, do you hate the very idea of using live animals in art, or can you justify it if the art is good? Do you feel more sympathy for a horse, a dog, or a goldfish? Some calls are easier to make than others, but there’s a bit of an ethical grey area when it comes to live animals in art. Check out our brief survey of works and the creatures that made them possible, and find your own gradient of sensitivity. Where do you stand? … Read More
Now these are some creative treads. In Maskull Lasserre’s project “Outliers (Trace)” which we first spotted over at Laughing Squid, the mixed media artist has created a series of shoes that create realistic animal footprints when walked in — the artist has left tracks through Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, New York since 2011, turning the ground (in addition to the skillfully wrought shoes) into a work of art. We don’t know about you, but we’ll definitely think twice the next time we see an errant paw print in the snow in New York. Also, we definitely want a pair — bear paws, please. Click through to see a few photos of the shoes in action, and then head over to Lasserre’s website to see even more of his work. … Read More
Trying to make the amazing colors and textures found in the natural world translate onto the page must be a daunting task, but Brooklyn-based artist George Boorujy, is obviously up for the challenge. His ink on paper portraits of North American birds and other native wildlife are incredibly rich and detailed; many of his curiously posed subjects seem poised to spring from the page — or at the very least challenge the viewer to an extremely intense staring contest.
“I want people to look at the world around them and see the things they overlooked before,” he has previously explained. “To ‘re-see’ them. By presenting something very common — so common that it’s lost any power as an image — in a new way you can try to get people to see it again. And maybe see it truly.” Click through to preview some of his work, which we spotted thanks to Colossal, and check out Booryjuy’s solo show, Blood Memory, at New York City’s P.P.O.W. gallery beginning on March 15th. … Read More
When Austin-based photographer Nine Francois first began work on her fantastic Animals series — which we spotted thanks to Feature Shoot — she intended to use the images to create an alphabet book for her kids. Since then, the project has expanded into something much larger. “So far, I’ve photographed vicious bunnies, amorous tigers, wise old owls, man-eating turtles, noble armadillos, charging elephants and crazy chickens,” she explains. “It is exhilarating, challenging and sometimes scary. Over the years, I’ve learned how to get close, work fast, hold my ground in some cases, and run like hell in others. I enjoy the ‘hunt’ so to speak, and the joy of sometimes getting it just right.” Click through to check out a selection of stunning shots from the work in progress, and visit Francois’ website for even more animal portraits. … Read More
French photographer Remi Chapeaublanc’s solo trip to the frigid, barren strangelands of Mongolia rewarded him with a striking photo series of the country’s locals and their animals. All the photos are fascinating, but Chapeaublanc’s Mongolian menagerie instantly drew us in. The minimal, dark photos featuring animals emerging from the shadows are sinister, but beautiful — although we’re not sure we can trust the goat with the glowing eyes. Teleport to the wilds of Mongolia in the gallery below. … Read More
We first spotted these richly detailed and realistic pyrography portraits of animals on Hungeree, but artist Julie Bender‘s stunning works have been widely exhibited for the past several years. Her reverence for nature and wildlife is evident in each of her incredible artworks depicting the quiet moments of creatures big and small. By using heated, pointed stylus tools of various sizes, Julie etches and burns her drawings into cream-colored maple wood. She sometimes uses dense watercolor paper as her backdrop. The shades and tones are created depending on the pressure and strokes that she uses — a technique that requires great precision and control. The gorgeous, amber-colored details of Julie’s heat paintings have an amazing dimension, making flesh and fur seem lifelike and tactile.
If you’re in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area you can check out her portraits in person at the NatureWorks exhibit, which opens March 3. The non-profit organization assists in the development and conservation of wildlife preserves, introduces wildlife into new habitats, and provides wildlife education. Catch a preview of her work in our gallery below. … Read More