DescriptionThis poster is recommended to be framed WITHOUT a mat.
This painting is inspired by the ever-popular poster 'OBEY' by artist Shepard Fairey. The OBEY campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology. Phenomenology is defined as 'the process of letting things manifest themselves.' 'Phenomenology attempts to enable people to see clearly something that is right before their eyes but obscured; things that are so taken for granted that they are muted by abstract observation,' Shepard Fairey 1990. Since its origination 'Obey' has been plastered across the nation in poster-form, spreading the message of the artist. The intent of the original painting is to derive a reaction from humans, while Nathan Janes' 'Obedience' is directed towards dogs. Posters of 'Obedience' are commonly found near hydrants, tree stumps, and car tires, locations obvious to the sight of all dogs.
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.