1 Not only is it evident that early human creativity was triggered by non-human animals....
2 But the very need to communicate with other humans ABOUT non-human animals prompted the expression of creativity genes- and early use of symbolic communication in humans.
3 Today we see these representations all around us. Even juxtaposed to such modern amenities as electricity, evident on the left in above exhibit.
4 Well respected artists like Delia Pacheco have long acknowledged non-human animals as the very impetus for artistic expression by humans. But examples of such advanced human insight are rare.
5 Delia's work is so highly sought after that she had the privilege of painting such influential figures as Warrior Prince Basil.
6 Human artists like Richard Phibbs join Delia, and a handful of others willing to refute the claim that creativity is the domain of humans alone.
7 Evidence of creativity among non-humans is everywhere. Above: The canine use of negative space and impression are among many ancient techniques still employed by canine artists today.
8 Those who doubt that dachshunds and chihuahuas existed prior to, and during the advent of, metal-smithing remain stumped by the above artifact.
Courtesy of Lassie family collection.
9 Canine Art Historians like Fala are well established in academia today. Peer reviewed research is constantly making the rounds and being sniffed thoroughly by canine, feline, and bovine scholars (to name a few) internationally.
10 Seen here: A rare image of Pablo Van Go Fetch at work in his overseas studio. Believed to be snapped by an apprentice as he was creating the infamous self-portrait that now hangs in the MetroPOOPitan Museum of Art.
11 Above: Early unknown performance artists challenge the bounds of what critics defined as ART, at a controversial time in history.
Courtesy of The Sor Bone
12 The above shot is said to belong to a Danish photography collector. It is the only known candid of award-winning, bird and small mammal photographer, Chauncy...just Chauncy.
13 Creativity and the use of tools is one of many inborn capacities residing in the DNA of birds in every bird species.
14 Prolific pit bull painters like Kane (above), stand by puzzled as humans took credit for his breathtaking mural- a well known urban piece believed to be among the most visited art installations worldwide.
Photo of Kane by Lisa Prince-Fishler
15 While artist Guppy preferred to remain behind "the canvas"-- he agreed to the above shot for a retrospective on his work. Shown with #1 mask in a series titled, "Ego, teetering on it's pedestal." A work critics describe as, "Tragic yet not without hope."
16 One feature that stands out in the world of canine art is the prolific use of the artist's mouth as a tool to create- in addition to the varied materials and medium manipulated to produce the final work.
Seen above: A young Pepper Pollack sculpting in his studio.
17 Some critics debate if Canine Crafts are in fact ART in the formal sense. Canine artist and activist, Martha Stewart (above), spearheaded the Canine Craft Movement (CCM) and is credited with securing it's place in Art History overall.
18 Kitty O'Keefe stood as a mentor for budding female jewelry artists of her time. While humans naturally credit themselves with the design of the bell collar, it was in fact Kitty O'Keefe who first crafted the now iconic accessory.
19 Zoe- prolific landscape artist and daughter of equally famous Glue Squad member, Ann- is hailed as one of the most innovative canine artist of the modern era.
20 Today's non-human artists owe their freedom to the many species who paved the way for dogs, cats, donkeys, and all non-human artists.
Above: An early underground meeting of Non-Humans for Artistic Freedom (NHAF).
21 Artist block is not discriminating in the species of artist it effects. Above, the now infamous shot of modernist Sir Pepper Pollack, taking to his bed with a bout of artist block. Thankfully for the arts, it lifted...
22 I myself, professor Minnow, have dabbled in the arts- abstract self-portraiture specifically. I thought my students might get a kick out of this piece from my days at University.