With titles such as ‘Warm’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Oasis’, South Korean illustrator Kim Hye-rim cuts straight to the chase: her art will take you to zen places. Serenity breezes from each piece, depicting life with our four-legged friends in its simplest, most enjoyable moments. Strolling side by side through the streets at night. Sipping coffee at a corner cafe, watching the world wander by. Stretched out on the couch with your dog’s head in your lap. The steady comfort and companionship—these are the moments we love most with our pets. The ones we imagined when we first decided, ‘I’m getting a dog.’ Hye-rim’s illustrations capture that quiet beauty, like she’s peeking through a window and drawing us at most vulnerable and relaxed. Each colourful illustration usually features only one person—often with their pet—faces turned skyward pondering unknowable questions, like, does my dog know how much I love him? Does my dog know what a kiss is? What does my dog dream about? Is he happy? You know, the big stuff.
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.
August 25, 2020