Mychael Barratt is a Canadian-born and now London-based printmaker who has some amazing work. I’m thinking he also has a great sense of humor: check out his series of prints created in the style of famous artists, featuring dogs they might have had. I love them! The Lichtenstein above is my favorite, and below there are some others from the series. See how many you can identify, and I’ll put the names at the end. No peeking!
First row: Gormley, Chagall, Pollock Second row: Van Gogh, Hirst, Dali Third row: Giacometti, Modigliani, Hockney Fourth Row: Rothko, Hopper, Warhol
Another fascinating series by Barratt is his “Life Imitating Art” works. In the one below, he’s melded many different famous works of art featuring dogs into a single composition. It’s kind of a little journey through art history. This time you can take a look and see what you can find on your own, then I’ll put the key which identifies the source material he used. But look closely, there are a total of 12 different works in there!
Personally, I’ve always appreciated a good sense of humor and wit (is this a Canadian trait or something? A secret ingredient in Tim Horton’s donuts maybe?), and it’s even better when combined with incredible artistic talent. If you’d like to see more work by the very talented and clever Mr. Mychael Barratt, including other series such as his Shakespeare works, visit his website here. Many of the prints are still available for purchase.
An interest post Erica. Was the portrait of Krypto on top also his work?
It is, but I have to admit that I didn’t know who Krypto was! Not sure why he chose to use him and the Superman reference for his Lichtenstein dog…hmm.
I must confess, Krypto was the only dog I recognized. Oh well, raising my cultural awareness is a steep climb. :(
It was great that you recognized Krypto, and thereby raising my cultural awareness…I thought I was doing great lately in the comics category since I gave my husband a huge Incredible Hulk silkscreen print for Valentine’s!
What a wonderful post – guessed most but his take is just lovely! Do you mind if we share with our friends on facebook?
Thanks! Would love for you to share it on Facebook!
I think my favorite is the Van Gogh, it made me chuckle once I realized that’s what it was!
Yes! I thought, is that a cone on his head? and when I zoomed in I was thinking, is his ear actually bandaged? Was good for a laugh.
These are so fun! It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I think the Lichtenstein dog takes the cake for me :)
I love that one. I might have to buy it…
such a fun (and educative!) post. :) his works are all great, and i especially like the Van Gogh & Dali impressions. i always feel enlightened after reading your posts, so once again, thanks for sharing this!
Thanks! I almost didn’t include the Dali because there’s a CAT in it…haha. Glad you’re enlightened, and other people are enlightening me…did not know that Lichtenstein dog is Superman’s dog Krypto…actually didn’t know Superman had a dog! Ooops.
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