Description This poster is recommended to be framed WITHOUT a mat.
Too often mixed breed dogs, commonly known as mutts, are misunderstood and underestimated. Many people fail to realize the exceptional qualities that these dogs tend to possess. Fortunately for the world of mixed breed canines, one strong willed dog is stepping forward to ensure the proper treatment of not just mutts like herself but of all animals. Mutz, The Urban Underdog, has assumed the role of doggie super hero!
During Mutz’s first few years of life she experienced terrible neglect and abuse. Since barely surviving such indecent conditions, Mutz has vowed to avenge abusers and educate the public about the proper treatment of animals. Everyday, Mutz works tirelessly to protect animals from neglect and abuse while encouraging spaying and neutering as methods for solving animal overpopulation. For other animals with heartbreaking pasts like hers, Mutz barks a strong message of resilience in the face of cruelty.
Today Mutz carries on her quest to protect the innocent and defend less fortunate canines and critters. Her ultimate goal is to increase the public’s awareness of animal welfare. Mutz will gladly “throw a bone” to any needy pooch. Whatever life holds in store for her, Mutz will never forget these words: 'With great power comes great responsibility.'
Nathan Janes, Port Clinton, Ohio Member Since October 2007 Artist Statement
Nathan Janes is a graduate of The Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Janes is becoming increasingly known in the world of art for his pop art stylings addressing national and global social issues while using the family dog as his muse.
Janes strives to combat the popular perception that fine art can only be in certain styles or of certain subjects. According to Janes, "Now more than ever I am striving to push my work so that the family pet is used as an artistic tool to depict deeper questions and messages about our society. Everyone can relate to the family dog but not everyone has a cognizance of the social issues that I depict in my paintings. The dogs depicted in my work serve as a bridge for individuals to journey into topics and questions that they may have never explored before but certainly affect their lives nonetheless.”
In addition to his growing collection of activist art, Janes has created a number of designs, which have been used to help support various nonprofit organizations that promote animal welfare. Among these projects, Janes has designed the first official ribbon for animals, the “Orange Ribbon for Animals,” which is being distributed by Rational Animal to help support animal shelters nationwide.