Animals have been an inspiration for all types of artists since the dawn of man and the first cave paintings. Beloved pets, mythical creatures and famed beasts have continued to aid creativity with their beauty, strength, companionship, and humour. Here are some examples of artist and animal relationships and the work the animals have inspired.
Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist and activist who creates conceptual art that combines art with the political, in an often-oppressive society. The artist has even spent time in prison in 2011 for alleged tax evasion and continues to speak out against oppression by the Chinese government. At his home in China, Ai has over 40 cats and several dogs and draws much of his creativity from his love of these animals.
For more than thirty years, this French photographer worked as a photojournalist for Life magazine and other …