Humans love, revere and rely on animals to such an extent that an Earth bereft of their presence is unthinkable. Through the ages, we have eagerly shown our affection and awe for our four-legged friends via every available art form, from cave paintings to Egyptian tombs; the Medieval Bestiary to Art Noveau architecture. More recently, we have had the Minimal Realism of Charley Harper and the wildlife art of John Ruthven. If you love the idea but want something thoroughly contemporary and fun, that speaks to both your proclivity for color and dedication to your best feline or canine pal, then the work of Brooklyn-based artist Dean Russo is for you. His 8 x 10 portraits give a unique and bold pop art spin to a wide variety of dog (and cat) breeds. His animals, looking out from behind real eyes, are peculiarly soulful. Check out the gallery for just some of the Russo images that we carry.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to introduce you to the vivid, soulful vision of Brazilian-born, Miami-based icon Romero Britto. Once seen, his kaleidoscopic work is instantly recognizable: his subjects, whether cats, fish, hearts or loving couples, inhabit a colorful, upbeat world. Happiness and joy abound in everything he does. We carry a wide array of Britto giftware, including: tea pots, figurines, umbrellas, dog bowls, mugs and purses. Be sure to stop by our downtown Cincinnati location at 17 West Fourth Street to see the full line. We can help you select the perfect piece for your sweetheart. In the meantime, be sure to check out this gallery of Britto images. Your day will be that much brighter!
Charley Harper is definitely happening in 2012! The write-ups and accolades are spilling forth almost faster than we can document them for you! Here are the latest verbal and visual tributes to the timeless master. Enjoy!
- A-Line Magazine: LOVE BUGS by Zachary Petit
- Modernism Magazine: Go Fish: The Dish on Charley Harper by Jessica Flores Garcia