JULIE BRENAN is a world-renowned animal artist specialising in dogs. So well regarded is she in the world of canine art that in 1979 she was commissioned by Pedigree Petfoods to paint that year’s Crufts Best in show, a commission which evolved into a contract which was to span 18 years.
Good news travels fast, and Royal appointments followed. Julie was invited to paint Prince Michael of Kent with his yellow Labrador Sponge, as a birthday present for his wife Princess Michael; and she has also painted some of the Corgis and Dorgis at Windsor Castle.
On a more humble social level, Julie worked closely with Battersea Dogs’ Home to stage a massive exhibition of her work, comprising over 150 paintings and sketches, at Liberty’s in London’s Regent Street.
Perhaps the highlight of Julie’s career so far came with a commission to paint the late Princess Diana to mark her being made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Northampton; the painting now proudly hangs in the Guildhall of that city.
In between times, Julie was staging overseas exhibitions in Santa Fe, New Mexico, followed by the Dog Museum in St Louis, Missouri, which resulted in a commission from Kentucky to paint the famous racehorse ‘Forego’, record six times winner of the Gold Eclipse award.
More exhibitions followed including the Royal Dog Show in Toronto, the Westminster Dog Show in New York’s Madison Square Gardens, and the World Dog Show in Helsinki, Finland.
Julie’s unique work has a sensitivity that captures the spirit of the subject without detracting from the characteristics of the breed, and to celebrate 30 years of international artistic achievement Julie has decided to launch the first eight prints of some of her favourite paintings. Each print is a limited edition of 250, individually signed and numbered by the artist and complete with a certificate of authenticity.