MODERN MUTTS — Four&Sons
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MODERN MUTTS

Minimalist prints for dog—and design—enthusiasts.

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MODERN MUTTS

The traditional pet portraiture of a frolicking puppy in daffodils or a Yorkshire Terrier in a teacup may have been good for your gran, but is hardly an image of design modernity in today’s less-is-more times. Enter Swedish friends Emil Tiismann and Jan van Helleputte, whose fine art prints strike the delicate balance between sweet and sophisticated.

The duo founded their online shop, Animalist, in 2018 to “both capture the unique characteristics of each dog breed while remaining minimalistic and decorative.” The first artwork was of Tiismann‘s Staffordshire terrier, Peanut. To celebrate his furry friend’s first birthday (and the fact she’d finally stopped eating his shoes), he created a single stroke illustration. This original line output and a second mosaic style make the basis of their portraits, which loving humans can customise. Tiismann tells us they’re currently exploring new motifs for the 60 breeds on offer and a third design is on the way. Illo or mosaic, pug or mutt, every piece is printed on paper from the 420-year-old German company Hahnemüehle—“the best fine art paper there is.”


All images courtesy of Animalist
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PACK OF DOGS

Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.

RESCUE ME

In his ongoing photo essay, photographer Shayan Asgharnia captures moments shared between the men and their dogs at California City Correctional Facility with a raw and beautiful intensity.

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