Animals Steal the Show at Haynes

Kinstler_George2“George” by Everett Raymond Kinstler, oil on board, 15″ by 24″

As a special treat during the summer season, Haynes Galleries proudly presents “Fur, Feathers & Friends,” a vignette show of animal-inspired artwork by 20th century masters & contemporary Realists. It features paintings & photographs of a diverse range of subjects from friendly pets to exotic beasts. The show continues until August 8 as part of the Upstairs at Haynes series.

Artists have been painting animals for millennia, from ancient cave paintings to modern classics. Every type of animal has been painted, photographed, and sculpted. Contemporary realists have continued the fine tradition leading to some of the most unexpectedly intriguing artworks created in recent years. The artworks in Haynes Galleries’ show will cover a range of styles and approaches, from naturalistic studies to whimsical compositions.

For portraitist & plein air painter Marc Dalessio, having his dog Emma in the studio as he works is commonplace. For years, the artist had wanted to paint the dog’s beautiful black coat and pointed ears but she never sat still long enough. But then one afternoon in the studio, she hopped up onto a stool next to Marc and sat for 5 minutes, striking different poses the whole time. The resulting portrait presents Emma as a noble, sophisticated creature.

T.J. Cunningham has been interested in incorporating animals, both wild and domestic, into his landscapes for the last several years. In A Many Long Years Ago he tackles one of the most historic and notoriously difficult animals to paint— a horse— and accomplishes it superbly. Cunningham says the goal for the painting was to “portray the disheveled farm scene in a haphazard yet sound manner.”

One of America’s most respected modern portrait artists, native New Yorker Everett Raymond Kinstler turned his attention to his dog George one day in 1969. Even though it is a sketch, George has all the qualities of a completed Kinstler portrait: energetic brushstrokes, careful coloration, and an attention to the character of the subject as much as the physical characteristics.

Not all the representations will be of living animals. David Brega’s Carousel is a loving portrait of a weathered carousel horse, beautifully painted in profile. The faded and chipped paint on the wooden horse reveals the years that have passed since it was shiny and new but also hint at the many joyous rides the horse once provided.


“Wilbur and His Ladies” by T. Allen Lawson, oil on linen board, 28″ by 28″

Raised in Wyoming and living in Maine, T. Allen Lawson is in tune with the poetic beauty of the rural American landscape. His paintings of small farms and the animals that live on them shows everyday scenes from compelling angles. Wilbur and his Ladies captures a charming scene of a donkey and some chickens sharing a meal but does so with an artistic sensibility that reveals enduring truths of rural life.

This show is a chance to broaden the definition of what it means to feature animals in fine art today. So escape to Upstairs at Haynes for yet another exceptional show from Haynes Galleries.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit or email