With January being National Walk Your Dog Month in the US (which is also gaining traction here in the UK as we all know how important regular walks are to their health and happiness), now is a good time to reflect on our love for our four-legged friends.
The singular bond between humans and dogs leads us to regard them as far more than simply a ‘pet’, with research showing that our shared empathy often results in us considering them to be part of the family, which sees humans finding more and more ways to ensure that our furry companions are an integral part of our everyday lives.
Indeed, 2023’s Pinterest Predicts article cites an ever-increasing popularity in dog-themed searches, including a 490% increase in searches for ‘DIY dog areas in back garden’, and a 65% increase in searches for ‘dog birthday party ideas decoration’. Set to be a top trend in 2023 are pet parties: events which substitute previously child-oriented gatherings for a focus on our animal chums, and they predict that ‘pool pawties’, aimed squarely at celebrating and entertaining our furry friends, will be huge.
The antics of our canine companions, and the outpouring of love we have for them is a joyous thing to behold, as are the many depictions of our puppy pals the art world has to offer.
From Pablo Picasso’s delightful depictions of Lump, a frolicsome Daschund with whom he had a wonderfully fond friendship, to more contemporary compositions, our pampered pooches prove just as popular on canvas as they are in our homes.
Our online gallery of limited-edition prints, original paintings and bronze sculpture contains some fine examples of canine art.
Sam Toft’s limited edition print ‘King of the Castle’ is a glowing example of canine craziness, portraying a tower of ever decreasing pups, stood one on top of the other in a glorious palette of red and orange.
Wildlife artist Anthony Dobson’s latest offering is ‘Boxing Day’, currently available as both an original painting and a limited edition print, which paints a snowy scene with two eager hounds as they bound towards the observer.
Aaminah Snowdon’s affectionately observed ‘Hello Sausage’ limited edition print is wonderfully characterful, and perfectly emulates the playful nature of its Dachshund subject.
‘Can I Come Too’ limited edition print by Nicky Litchfield is a suitably hangdog portrayal of a curly haired Cocker Spaniel with their woeful eyes pleading to be included in all the fun!
All of Chris Ross Williamson’s prints feature Barton Darcy the Jack Russell, and are each accompanied by a poem - an odic account of each scene, told from the playful pup’s perspective.
Bev Davies has recently created a series of photo booth style original paintings, wittily illustrating a group of hapless hounds as they attempt to put themselves in the picture. ‘Surpised Alsatian’ is a particularly humorous example, showing a wild-eyed German Shepherd in a trio of potty poses.
Head over to our online gallery where you will find this remarkable selection of wall art, along with many more dog-themed original paintings, prints and sculpture besides.