Animals in Art

“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.

Untitled, Giacomo Brunelli


Nest, William Wegman


Eunuch, Joel Peter Witkin


Family of the Future, Oleg Kulik


Selma Blair and Sphynx, Roger Ballen
*Note: The original photograph is square format. This image has been cropped to fit dimensions of blog.


Abdullahi Mohammed with Mainasara, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, by Pieter Hugo


Liggend paard, 2002 Four Horses by Charlotte Dumas


Friend tied up with his dogs, Boston, 1978 by Nan Goldin