Published on Jan 29, 2020

Animal Art Background Images

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Animals have always been a source of inspiration for artists, and that is no different, even in the contemporary age. Some artists continue to represent animals accurately, as in the real world. They paint with detail and feeling, to capture the individual personality of the animal they’re painting. Other artists experiment with color or scale, or they add a cartoonish element. At the Rose Gallery, we love to match animal lovers with a painting that they will cherish for years to come. We stock a wide range of original paintings and limited edition prints from some of the best British animal artists currently working. From dogs to horses, cats to foxes, rabbits to birds and much more besides, you’re sure to find a painting that will take pride of place wherever it’s displayed.

During the late 1950s, biologists began to study the nature of art in humans. Theories were proposed based on observations of non-human primate paintings. Hundreds of such paintings were cataloged by Desmond Morris. Morris[4] and his associate Tyler Harris interpreted these canvas paintings as indications of an intrinsic motivation toward abstract creativity, as expressed through an exploration of the visual field and color. Many of these painters progressed over time by expanding or contracting the area of paint coverage, the horizontal or vertical stroke relationships, and even the development of content.

Such paintings were exhibited in many modern art museums during an early 1960s and late 1950s. The cultural and scientific interest in these paintings diminished steadily and little note is taken today.


The copyright to an artistic work is typically held by its author. In cases where the artistic work was created by an animal, intellectual property analysts Mary M. Luria and Charles Swan have argued that neither the human who provides the equipment used to create the work, nor the human who owns the animal itself (when applicable), can hold the copyright to the resulting work by the animal. In these cases, the animal’s work was not an intellectual creation of the humans, and copyrights can only be held by legal persons—which an animal is not.

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