“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint,” reckoned Edward Hopper.
It’s a sentiment no doubt endorsed by all the artists responsible for the pictures on this page, none of whom have ever had the power of words at their disposal on account of the fact that they are all in fact dogs.
‘A Exhibition Of Drawings By Dogs’, in aid of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, opens this Saturday (private view Friday, dogs welcome) and showcases work by many residents and ex-residents of the charitable south London institution. You’re also encouraged to bring your own pet along and have him or her try their own paw at producing a bit of art.
Drawings are made as the dogs eat, with an oil pastel attached to the dog’s bowl pushed about accordingly on posh 260gm paper. In a Dadaist twist each drawing takes the duration of mealtime, meaning the dog’s appetite has a direct influence on the final result.
We’re not making this up.
‘An Exhibition Of Drawings By Dogs’, 11-20 October, The Gallery On The Corner, 155 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4BU.