Portrait of the Dog as a Young Artist: Art from Scratch, by the World's Preeminent Canine Painter
F. Bowman Hastie IIIISBN: 1570614644;
Dogs have frequently been the subject of paintings but rarely have they created them. Brooklyn-born Tillie is the exception. This acclaimed pooch had her first solo exhibition at a mere nine months old. Utilizing a unique color transfer technique, Tillie holds a prepared “canvas” in her mouth and trots it off to her workspace, where she dramatically applies pressure with teeth and claws in a feverish ritual of creation. The results garner high prices, slack-jawed praise, and comparisons with Jackson Pollack. Portrait of the Dog as a Young Artist profiles this pioneering talent with photographs and descriptive text by her “assistant,” F. Bowman Hastie III. Hastie recounts Tillie’s early life in Brooklyn and details her evolution from promising amateur to canine Caravaggio. The photographs portray Tillie at work, at her many gallery shows, and taking a much-needed break to play with her six new puppies.
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