A DOG IS A DOG from the collections

11th January - 1st May 2021

Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem of the same name, A dog is A Dog assembles works from the Collections depicting our four-legged friends in a series of charming and at times peculiar scenes.

Man’s bond with dogs has persisted for centuries, evolving from a hunting partner into the now common pastime of showing them off on the internet and labelling them as ones ‘best friend’.

For thousands of years, artists have shown their admiration and respect for dogs by painting and carving their likenesses. As canines are often living symbols of loyalty, protection, and unconditional love, it’s easy to see why they’ve been such a long and colourful part of art history.

We celebrate our bond with dogs and the long history of dog inspired art in A dog is A Dog.

Image: Michael Bell, The Dog Beach, Newcastle 2005, oil on canvas, 122 x 175cm, Winner, Muswellbrook Open Art Prize 2005, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.