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Winning Dog Art for Wine Label Contest
Artist Nancy Schutt takes it with “Out of Reach”
Over the years, Mutt Lynch Winery has created wines with names such as “Unleashed Chardonnay” and “Merlot Over and Play Dead.” They consistently combine a love of dogs with a love of wines, and the results are often as charming as they are delicious. They just announced the winner of their third annual wine label contest, which is “Out of Reach” by artist Nancy Schutt. There were many...
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Pierre Bonnard
A painter’s view of family and friends.
Bonnard, 1941
In one of his earliest paintings, simply titled Woman with Dog, the painter of private French life Pierre Bonnard caught his sister Andrée as she solemnly leaned down to touch the family pet; in response, the dog knowingly raised a paw to “shake.” In this gentle, sweet scene, the figures turn inward; at the bottom, near the center of the composition, hand and paw come together, forming a...
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Max Miller’s Canine Kaleidoscope
Pictures in an Exhibition
Max Miller Art
Max Miller is known for abstract paintings that embrace color and line, as well as figurative works with human and animal subjects; dogs are among his favorites. On occasion, he employs both genres in a hybrid style perhaps best described as canine psychedelia. These oils and watercolors explode with color and shimmer with richly decorated backgrounds—it’s as though the dogs have leaped into the...
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Still Life with Animated Dogs
An artist's life and the dogs who have shared it, is examined
When Paul Fierlinger was living in Prague in the 1960s, his dogs kept his spirit alive. Living under totalitarian rule, surrounded by suspicion and class hatred, Fierlinger might have perished had it not been for Roosevelt, a charmer who knew how to sneak into restaurants undetected, and Ike, a friend so vital, true and ultimately essential that in six years Fierlinger was never once separated...
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Calling All Artists Inspired by Naughty Pups
For the third annual Mutt Lynch Winery label contest
Our friends over at Mutt Lynch Winery in Sonoma, Calif., and Dog Art Today recently launched their third annual wine label contest, and we want to spread the word to Bark readers who are also artists—we know there are many of you. The contest calls for canine-themed artwork (no photography) on the theme “Naughty” for a special blend of Cabernet called “Muttitage.” Five hundred bottles of the...
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Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals” Coming to New York
Will the Chinese artist and government critic be allowed to come too?
It’s funny how an interest in dogs takes you places. This morning, I was drawn in by the photo of a giant dog head sculpture in The New York Times. It’s part of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac series, which will be installed outside the New York City’s Plaza Hotel in May.   Wanting to know more about this inspiring canine, I ended up learning about an inspiring artist—Ai Weiwei. A longtime...
Blog: Karen B. London
Robert Bradford’s Dog Art For Sale
Big bucks can buy recycled art
The artist Robert Bradford of Great Britain has a dog piece up for sale, and it’s available for under $10,000! Bradford has a solo show in Paris at Envie d’Art and his work includes “Beg,” a two-foot high dog in a begging posture. It is made of toys, clothes and flashlights.   Bradford is well known for his sculptures of recycled toys and has other works of art in the form of dogs. They are not...
Blog: Karen B. London
Jamie Wyeth Dog Portrait Up for Auction
Artist marked his own dog
Artist Jamie Wyeth created many paintings of his Yellow Lab Kleberg with a circular marking around one eye. One of them is called “Study of Kleberg” and will be up for auction at Christie’s in New York City next week. It is expected to go for $40,000 to $60,000, which is quite a chunk of change for a painting that was done as one of a series of studies for a larger painting of the subject.  ...
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He Will Draw Your Dog
Artist turns hobby into fundraiser for shelters and rescues
At night, after his full-time job as a software test manager at Lockheed Martin, Paul Atzmiller makes pencil drawings of all types of animals, especially dogs. It’s been a hobby for 25 years. But in the last 11 years, that hobby turned into something more.   “Way back in 1998-99, some of my co-workers saw my animal drawings in my module at work and asked if I would draw their dogs,” the Littleton...
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Q&A with Animator Bill Plympton
Bill Plympton draws upon a universal doggedness—the search for love.
Art from "Guard Dog"
Animator Bill Plympton earned his first Oscar nomination in 1987 with the short film Your Face, but it was his 2004 short Guard Dog (also Oscar-nominated) that gave him a character audiences wanted to see again and again. The Dog, a goofy-looking pooch always on the hunt for love, has gone on to star in three additional shorts, and inspired Plympton to launch Guard Dog Global Jam, inviting...

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