Dogs Playing Poker

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Acrylic on Paper; 30 in. by 23 in.

What if animals took over the everyday roles in our lives? Would humankind need to necessarily devolve or could there be coexistence? Would there be conflict? In these first five oil-on- canvas works from a larger set, I explore stories with creatures in our place. A few elements animate this series: 1) a deliberate reverse anthropomorphism that privileges creatures as uncommon subjects and 2) a reinterpretation of well-known visual stories with nothing less than a serious tone that in effect, turns the real into the surreal.

Creatures find themselves enjoying a human card game in a Cezannesque setting. The only one of my set of anthropomorphic works to not be a complete reinterpretation, this is an adaptation of Coolidge’s 1894 oil paintings commissioned by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars. Since viewing Coolidge’s anthropomorphized dogs myself, I’ve found the idea interesting that a common household pet begins partaking in commonplace entertainment rather than being the entertainment.

 

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