This auction is for a custom painting of your pet by Cassandra Kim, framed in the frame shown. Cassandra’s frame is 9”x 11” overall and will hold a 6”x 8” painting.
Artist Statement / Bio
By taking portraits from the past and replacing the people with animals, I seek to have my audience reconnect with the traditions of portraiture, spanning the centuries between the original and today. Juxtaposing an unexpected animal with the upper echelon of past society creates a visual paradox that inadvertently “humanizes” the portraiture, and often makes people smile. Implementing humor is essential in breaking down barriers.
I paint my portraits in acrylic and oil on masonite or canvas and work to reproduce the rich, lush colors reminiscent of classical portraiture. Each of my hand-chosen vintage or antique frames is a talisman to an imagined memory and provides inspiration and direction for the painting. The frame guides my research for the appropriate portrait as it creates the impression of an art movement or time period. The portraits then inspire brainstorming for the right animal to create the perfect portrait for each frame. The final product allows the audience to feel content as they reconnect with classic portraiture. They feel included, amused, and ultimately curious.