|Description:||The hound is a Borzoi hound from the Perchino bloodline. The Borzoi was popular with the Tsars before the 1917 revolution. For centuries, Borzoi could not be purchased but only given as gifts from the Tsar. Grand Duke Nicholas Nicolaievich of Russia bred countless Borzoi at Perchino, his private estate. In the 1917 Revolution, large numbers of native Borzoi were destroyed by the revolutionaries. The Tsars had turned them into a symbol of affluence and tyranny, and they were not welcomed into the new world of the Soviet Union. Some noblemen took it upon themselves to shoot their own dogs rather than allow them to fall into the hands of militants. However, a small number of Borzoi survived in the Russian countryside and were reintroduced by a Soviate soldier in the 1940â€™s.
The animals depicted within my paintings are displaced. Within this painting all traditional painting style represented with hound portraits of the Stubbs era has been abandoned and replaced with messy painterly gestures, it is in a state where the medium and the subject matter are in conflict with each other. The bright colors and the rigid poster like box in which the image is held fight against the subject matter.