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Artist’s Van Gogh paintings give rise to 'Starry night' dogs

Trier painting of dog in style of van gogh dog-happy
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They say innovations often come about purely by chance. American artist Aja Trier has certainly proved that with her post-impressionistic dog paintings, which have been winning more hearts than her rendition of Van Gogh's famous ‘Starry night’.

By Nick Whittle , 11 Jun 2019

Aja Trier has made a name for herself with her almost identical renditions of Van Gogh’s swirling painting style (her ‘Starry night’ was once mistaken for that of the Dutch artist), but now she is best known for her beautiful paintings of dogs.

Her style remains true to the manner of the great Dutchman with, of course, her own take on the subject matter. The vigour of the paint strokes is still there, so too the heavy colours and an intensity of movement evoking the essence of nature.

But now a gentler subject fills the canvas.


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Trier’s Starry Night dog series comprises a collection of paintings that, according to Bored Panda, are meant to portray dogs ‘as though they had sat for Van Gogh.’ Trier’s Saggitarius gallery in New York is the setting for the series.

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The artist studied at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly and has been a full-time artist since 2003. She has always had a fascination with the works of the post-impressionists.

We had a lot of art books in the house when I was young,’ Trier told Bored Panda. ‘So I am sure the first time I saw a Van Gogh was through them. The first time I saw one in person was on a college trip to NYC in 2001.’


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The energy and flow of his works is what resonates with me,’ she explained. ‘The thick strokes - I love being able to see the artist's fingerprint in the art through their mark making. You can almost follow with your eyes the movements their hand-made.’

Vincent Van Gogh who lived in the 19th Century created several incredibly famous paintings. His subjects were often landscapes, portraits and self-portraits. His expressive work with the brush is said to have defined the post-impressionistic movement of artists.


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