A dog sits at the edge of a table filled with food and wine

Nicholas Bono Kennedy, “Maybe I Can Have Some?” (2023), acrylic, oil, and pastel on linen, 30 x 24 inches. All images courtesy of Hashimoto Contemporary, shared with permission

Dogs have been humans’ best friends throughout the ages, so it’s no surprise that they’ve also been prime subjects of art—the first works depicting pups date back more than 8,000 years. A group show opening at Hashimoto Contemporary this month extends this long-running tradition through paintings, ceramics, and plush sculptures that look to our canine pals and their wide range of antics for inspiration.

For the Love of Dog features works of over thirty artists who dig up adoration, fear, and other affinities for the beloved companion species: Katie Kimmel sculpts scrunched-up rolls on a chunky basset hound, Joey Wolf’s lounging gray bulldog takes on human characteristics, and Debra Broz (previously) splices a chaotic pack of pups that makes it difficult to distinguish heads from tails.

A playful and heartfelt ode, For the Love of Dog is on view from August 19 to September 9 in Los Angeles.


A ceramic sculpture of a basset hound with its tongue out

Katie Kimmel, “Daytona Peppers” (2023), ceramic, 16 3/4 x 12 x 12 inches

A gray dog with rolls rests its paw on a pink armchair with green lamp glowing nearby

Joey Wolf, “Girl in Pink Armchair” (2023), oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

A sculpture made of dozens of ceramic dogs in a pile

Debra Broz, “Dog Pile” (2023), secondhand ceramics and mixed media, 16 x 15 x 20 inches

A black dog sits on a blue floor with a red ball nearby

Jillian Evelyn, “Olie” (2022), acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 18 inches

A still life of white orchids with petals that create dog faces

Stephen Morrison, “Orchids” (2023), oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches

A fluffy white dog peers into a heart shaped mirror and sees its reflection

Jodie Niss, “Untitled” (2023), oil paint on wood panel, 8 x 10 inches

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