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.