“Artists live by curiosity and enthusiasm, qualities readily evident as inspiration in dogs.” Robert Adams
Animals represent Nature and ourselves. It is a reminder of where we come from. They are uninhibited with a sense of innocence. In postmodern circles, animals equal creativity.
William Wegman is probably the photographer one would immediately conjure up when thinking of artists who utilize animals in their work, but there are a plethora of others that have also made animals their subject. One example would be Roger Ballen, whose book called Animal Abstraction is full of beautifully disturbing black & white images of human/animal interaction.
Here is a small collection of some of my favorite images in which artists have included animals in their work.