This week at Monet & Me we are discovering the world of Blue Dog Art. New Orleans, Louisiana has produced one of the most iconic American Artists, Blue Dog Celebrity, George Rodrigue. George passed in 2011 after battling lung cancer but his legend lives on!
Rodrigue was raised in Iberia, LA, and was diagnosed with polio in 3rd grade. He started creating art in elementary school, and won several awards as a child. Fascinated by the world of art, Rodrigue enrolled in the Fine Arts Undergraduate program at University of Louisiana and continued his education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Upon finishing school, Rodrigue began to create art inspired by Cajun's, their myths and traditions as well as the landscape of the South.
Growing up, Rodrigue had often heard the story of the loup-garou. The loup-garou is a legendary werewolf mentioned in many Cajun ghost stories. It was this creature which inspired his famous “Blue Dog” series. He used his studio dog, Tiffany for artistic vision. "Blue Dog" series became the focus point of his work for over 30 years. Visit his gallery in New Orleans, http://georgerodrigue.com/.
Don’t forget, our “Art Superstars” series begins next week, spaces are limited!
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