Ryan Berkley

Anthropomorphism has always been a running art theme for man.  Ever since we became self aware and realized that we were different from other animals we’ve wanted to humanize their cute cuddly faces and pretend that behind closed branches they too don hats and spectacles and talk about their day over a cup of tea.  People want to connect with animals, that’s why we have pets, we believe that they understand us and can communicate with us in their own way.  Perhaps it’s all of our shared wish that makes Ryan Berkley’s animal portraitures so enjoyable.  I saw his work at the Renegade Craft Fair in McCarren park on Saturday and was really taken by it.  All mammals just look so darn dapper in a double windsor knot.  You can purchase your favorite from his Etsy Store, various sizes and all quite affordable.

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