For the Love of Dog: A Group Show Fetches Wide-Ranging Interpretations of Our Favorite Companions
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.
Katie Kimmel, “Daytona Peppers” (2023), ceramic, 16 3/4 x 12 x 12 inches
Joey Wolf, “Girl in Pink Armchair” (2023), oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Debra Broz, “Dog Pile” (2023), secondhand ceramics and mixed media, 16 x 15 x 20 inches
Jillian Evelyn, “Olie” (2022), acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 18 inches
Stephen Morrison, “Orchids” (2023), oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches
Jodie Niss, “Untitled” (2023), oil paint on wood panel, 8 x 10 inches