Photography June, 24 2011

Andrew Pinkham’s 19th-Century Animal Portraits

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Philadelphia-based photographer Andrew Pinkham has updated his site and shares some of his 19th-century style animal portraits.

The artist’s work statement –

I was raised in Chester County, PA, a rural area with rolling hills and pastures that were inhabited by farm animals. As a child I visited houses that had grand, opulent paintings As a child I visited houses that had grand, opulent paintings portraying their ancestors and creature companions. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but many years later, I see it has had a profound influence on my work today.

Four years ago, I set out to create a body of work that not only draws on my childhood influences, but also my passion for animals and portraiture. Well known artists such as George Stubbs and John James Audubon have impacted my work in a big way. These historic influences are offset
by modern means of fabrication using photography and illustration. I want to challenge beliefs of what we think of as historical or authentic, whether it was made today or a hundred years ago. To blur the lines of time and to engage the viewer in how we interpret history itself.

A selection of animal portraits fall after the jump.