When artist Sally Muir left art school in 2003, she imagined she’d be a painter of children’s portraits. But clients kept asking for their family dog to feature in the piece, too; and soon, in a way unique to the species universally, dogs gradually took over. But that’s not to say this is where it all started. Dogs have long served as a muse of sorts, since Muir was a whippersnapper: “Recently, my daughter found an old notebook from when I was a child full of drawings of my dream dogs.”
Flash forward to present day, and Muir has simply swapped dream dogs for old dogs. “When I had the idea of doing a project on old dogs, I got people to send me photos of their dogs—they were wonderful. Each came with such touching descriptions of the dog and its idiosyncrasies.” In Old Dogs, a beautiful collection of loose sketches, oil paintings, potato prints and lithographs, Muir captures our creaky-kneed, faithful hounds looking disarmingly distinguished. White eyebrows, white whiskers and old, soulful eyes hinting at years of unflinching companionship, loyalty and love.
All artwork courtesy of Sally Muir
Old Dogs is published by Pavilion
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