Paul Boddum’s Pet Paintings & Custom Portraits

Paul Boddum Pet Paintings
above: Lucy (1992-2008), Portrait for Ann Rohmer

Paul Boddum (b.1966) is a visual artist based in Toronto. His passion is creating contemporary artworks for people who cherish their dogs and cats. Paul’s inspiration comes from his love of animals and the unique personalities and stories of each pet he paints. Boddum’s paintings are concerned with the idea of dogs being little versions of our ideal companion and the positive effects pets have by enhancing our quality of life.

Paul Boddum Pet Paintings

custom pet paintings

Paul has done portraits for such animal enthusiasts as Art Smith (chef, author, television personality) one time personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, and Anne Rohmer of CP24 Breakfast Television and Animal House Calls Host. The Pet Network has profiled Paul on two occasions and his artwork has been featured in publications such as the Toronto Star, Style and Home, Canadian House and Home, Boston Herald, and the National Post. He has been exhibited locally and in the US including the Art of the Dog exhibition at Morgan Stanley, California with other nationally recognized animal artists from across North America. In 2002 after showing at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition he began taking orders for private commissions by independent collectors.

Jasper and Cooper:
Paul Boddum Pet Paintings jasper and cooper

pit bull portrait by paul boddum

commissioned dog portraits

Paul Boddum studied visual art briefly at York University and in 1989 became a self-taught artist focusing on combining figurative and abstract painting styles. Currently he continues to work on private commissions and original works for future exhibiting.

Molly and Sadie:
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Paul Boddum Pet Paintings

Paul Boddum Pet Paintings

Janet and Bug:
Paul Boddum Pet Paintings commissions

paintings of dogs

pet portraits by paul boddum poodle painting

And of course, he paints cats, too.
boddum cat painting

The Artist’s Statement:
artist Paul Boddum

“My paintings address issues of personal identity and my growing up as an adoptee. I’m interested in exploring the effects of the environment one is exposed to and the nurturing of one’s family. My impulse is to paint domestic pets and the transformative bond that forms from the need to be cared for by others.

My early portraits were inspired by a visit to a dog show, photographing the event, and drawing from that energy to produce works that capture the interspecies interactions and personalities on display. Afterwards I created my works using an overhead projector to blow up pictures of dogs from vintage breed books onto canvas in a Pop Art style.

pet paintings

These images confronted the viewer with a familiarity to viewing a human portrait painting like Chuck Close and Andy Warhol. My use of commissioned portraits is a traditional practice that I approach in a contemporary way. I purposely leave the human out of the picture, and declare the pet as family member of equal importance. My paintings are concerned with the idea of dogs being little versions of our ideal companion.

commissioned paintings of dogs

I present the animal as a subject deserving of its recent ascent in society to full blown family member. Dogs are now seen as similar to having a child, they are pampered and nurtured more so than any other time in history. The animal in my recent work is paired with bold abstract expressionist gestures.

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My works Autumn (2007) as well as Pampered Puppy (2006) convey the expected details of the animals form, but the background is not treated like a background, it is painted as an extension of the animals.”

Pampered Puppy:
pampered puppy pug painting

white laborador portrait

custom pet portraits
above: Ferris, the final painting and photograph from which it was painted

For 2 or more pets, more is added to the cost. Larger and custom sized canvases are available.

See more of his work and/or order a custom portrait here.

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