Northern California gallery celebrating dog art in February

Pat Mahoney, Hello There, 2019. Used from
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Jeff Downing, Sonata. Used from

If you like pet art, you might want to check out the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts this February.

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts has a long history of working with dog imagery and, next month, will celebrate the canine companion by presenting the annual show Bark!: An Artistic View of Human’s Best Friend.

The show, a tribute to Roy De Forest, the founder of the 1960’s funk movement, features artists: Esther Shimazu, Jeffrey Downing, Adam Forfang, Carmen Lang, Boyd Gavin, Avery Palmer, Kevin Snipes, Guston Abright, Robert Ransom, James Weeks, and many more.

The featured artist, Roy De Forest, has created various pieces that are full of life and joy. Flowing from his exciting use of color and his playful narratives is a. buoyant, youthful energy that anyone can appreciate, according to a press release from the center.

dog in dog house painting
Roy De Forest, Untitled, 1970. Used from

The show’s opening on Jan. 31 from 7-9 p.m. will give patrons the opportunity to meet and hear from the artists of the show.

Also, according to the press release, “These fun paintings serve as inspiration for the investigation of the role of dogs in everyday life. From their role as saviors to their contagious happy faces, the delight shared between both dogs and humans is on display for all to see at Bark!”

The show features larger than life depictions of two and three-dimensional dogs in every medium. Pieces created out of glass, clay, wood, oil paint, ceramic, assemblage, multi-medium, wax, metal, bronze, and integrated art forms are all included.

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts is highly involved in the collaboration and advancement of the arts in Northern California and has over three decades of experience featuring a variety of world-renowned works. Bark! continues this relationship by honoring the historic and ongoing depiction of dogs within past and contemporary art.

Dogs have a long history of being involved in art. Many artists have included dogs into their works including Picasso, Gaughin, and Lautrec.



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