Wednesday 15th – Tuesday 28th June 2016
A Group Show
The next exhibition at Saint Cloche, Pret-a-Paws, stands in joyful homage to man’s best friend – a full-on leaping, barking celebration of the dog, and the profound affection and connection that exist between dogs and their owners.
Through large-scale portraiture, drawing and sculpture Pret-a-Paws looks deep into dogs’ eyes and asks questions about why we love them so much.
Why do we choose the breeds we do? Are ‘Designer Dogs’ the canine equivalent of the made-to-measure accessory, the perfect pet chosen to express our individual style or aesthetic?
Why do dogs and their owners often look alike? Do dogs morph into the image of their owners, or is it the other way round?
How is it that dogs are so expressive, that we easily read a human emotion into their every look or sigh?
And what about their distinctive personalities, and how we relate to their sensitivities and quirks, their crazy habits, their completely winning ways?
Scientists in Japan recently found that dog owners experienced a surge of oxytocin when their pets gazed into their eyes, a dramatic effect that was mirrored in the animals themselves. (The same hormone has been shown to spike in mothers’ brains when they look into their children’s eyes.) The scientists described this emotional exchange as the ‘look of love’ – a bond that all dog-lovers understand.
So come and join us at Saint Cloche, in super-dog-friendly Paddington, where the dog is having its day in a big way. With black and white dog portraits by Tricia Trinder, people/dog-scapes by Tyrone Layne, ceramics by Daggy Designs and Jan Howlin. This hand-picked group of artists puts dogs of all sorts on a pedestal. As well as on the wall, and off.
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For more information, catalogue details or imagery, please contact:
Kitty Wong – Kitty[at]saintcloche.com or 0434 274 251