We have many artists who create animal printst. One artist showcasing her work who explores the human-animal relationship is Louise McNaught. Using mixed media in her animal prints, she inspires awe for the natural world by giving her subjects a heavenly quality.
What is striking about her work is how she makes reference to popular cultural symbols like McDonalds and The Matrix’s red and blue pills alongside depictions of animals. Frogs on donuts, beetles on bus tickets and seahorses holding on to plastic straws, Louise’s compositions are thoughtful works of design-led art.
Kristjana S Williams is another design-led animal print artist who’s exotic plants and animals catches and holds the attention of viewers keen to explore her richly detailed work. One of our top 5 viewed artists at Rise Art, Kristjana was born in Iceland and studies graphic design and illustration at Central St Martins. Birds and plants used alongside cityscapes greatly characterises her work.
Animal prints are sought after artworks collected by animal and art lovers from around the world. Artists not only depict animals because they are beautiful and essential to the natural world, but because they help us reflect on ourselves and the world we’ve created.
The very first animal depictions were found in prehistoric caves. The oldest animal painting was discovered in a cave in Borneo and is thought to be at least 40000 years old. Anthropologists believe that paintings of animals on cave walls were one of the first forms of entertainment for humans. This is based on the fact they also built fires in the caves. The light from the fires introduced movement into the images and reduced oxygen in the small space, which is said to have induced mild hallucinations when viewing the paintings.
Artists have long been fascinated by birds and fish for their fleeting beauty, as well as pets, woodland and predatory animals for their friendship, threat or mystery. The scientific drive behind depicting animals has had a major influence on how and why artists make animal art - to understand them. Today, environmental concerns are also a motivator for the great many artists working to keep the importance of animal life in our purview.
Well known for his whimsical animal prints is Belgian artist Thierry Poncelet who created a series of anthropomorphised dog portraits in which he places dogs’ heads on the bodies of aristocrats. Massively reproduced, the prints can be found on t-shirts, mugs and posters and Poncelet is inspired by French painters, literature and Walt Disney.