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Tillamook Cheddar working at one of her art pieces. Photograph by Dirk Westphal

From the Jack Russell artist’s website.

Tillamook Cheddar is a Jack Russell Terrier from Brooklyn, New York. Widely regarded as the world’s preeminent canine artist, she has already had seventeen solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Tillie is eight years old.

In July 2005 the artist gave birth to six healthy puppies. One of her sons, Doc Chinook Strongheart Cheddar, continues to live with her. Thus far, Doc has not followed his mother in her artistic forays.

Her first official biography, Portrait of the Dog as a Young Artist by F. Bowman Hastie III, is published by Sasquatch Books (2006).

The artist’s primary process is a dynamic color transfer technique. In preparation for each of Tillie’s works, her assistants assemble a touch-sensitive recording device by affixing pigment-coated vellum to a sheet of lithograph paper backed by mat board. The artist takes the prepared “canvas” in her mouth and brings it to her workspace. Working on the outside surface, she applies pressure with teeth and claws in a methodic ritual marked by dramatic shifts in tempo and intensity. The resultant sharp and sweeping intersecting lines complement the artist’s delicate paw prints and subtle tongue impressions, composing an expressionistic image that is revealed on the paper beneath when she is finished. She works with shocking intensity, sometimes to the point of destroying her creations.

Press and Reviews

“The most successful living animal painter.”

-The Art Newspaper

“A masterpiece of conceptualism.”
-Time Out New York

“A sham.”
-Jerry Saltz, Village Voice

“When possessed by an artistic vision, Tillie is fearless.”
-AKC Gazette

“[Because of tillie] I have had to rethink two of my most basic assumptions about art and life: first, the notion that animals cannot have an aesthetic sense; second, the core conviction that no sentient being could possibly paint anything worse than what Julian Schnabel recently showed at the Gagosian Gallery.”
-James Gardner, New York Post (May, 2002)

King Lear by Tillamook Cheddar

Oil stick on paper, 29 x 20.5″     Brooklyn, NY. 2007

 

 

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Written by aterrier

June 2, 2008 at 9:46 am