‘Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.’
– Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)
Pets are a favourite subject matter of mine.
The following prints are a set of portraits I created in homage to my pets Freddie, Byrd, Shane and Googie.
Another artist – whom I adore – who was also inspired to depict pets was Lucian Freud (1922-2011).
Lucian once said ‘A painter’s tastes must grow out of what so obsesses him in life that he never has to ask himself what it is suitable for him to do in art.’
Lucian’s brother, Clement Freud (1924-2009), a broadcaster, writer, politician and chef, was also an animal fan.
So much so that he featured in a series of dog food commercials in the 1960’s: