Pause for Paws

Herald Sun

DOGS and their owners are invited to an exhibition of canine portraits at St.Kilda’s Ministry of Art.

Artist Christopher Seater said he wanted to put the word out that pets were welcome at the gallery, after noticing dog walkers peering in the window.

The painter, who takes commissions, said he worked from photographs in order to “get their eyes right – because dogs move around too much”.

The caricaturesque images aimed to capture the unique personalities of his subjects, he said, ranging from greedy pugs to hyperactive kelpies and blue heelers.

“All the different breeds have their idiosyncrasies” Seater said.

He plans to publish a book of selected paintings, with stories written from the dogs’ points of view.

Pooches and their humans are welcome at the show, which runs until June 23, 2014.

The Ministry of Art is at 238 St.Kilda Rd.