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  • An Exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (Stancomb-Wills, Methuen and Milner Galleries)
  • I had exhibited a linocut print of my cat Vader
  • 5th January to 10th March 2013 Curator/Coordinator – Peter Ford RE RWA

An exhibition, appropriate for visitors of all ages, to celebrate and examine how the most universally popular of domestic pets feature in fine, and not-so-fine art.

Cats and dogs have insinuated themselves boldly or discretely into the artworks of many artists including some of the most renowned.   Herewith an alphabetical sampling:  Balthus, Bonnard, Brueghel, Courbet, Durer, Van Eyck, Gainsborough, Gaudier-Brzeska, Hogarth, Rembrandt, Titian, Velazquez and Veronese.

 Cats or dogs are also featured in the works of Peter Blake, David Hockney, Jean Michael Basquiat and Jeff Koons.  The story goes back five thousand years if we include those great cat lovers and cat killers the ancient Egyptians.  It is also necessary to mention Beatrix Potter and the many disconcerting, rebellious cats and loony dogs of comics and children’s book illustration.

The intention is to present an entertaining, light-hearted and serious exhibition of two- and three-dimensional art.