About the Collection

Dog Show Collection

Like most people I love dogs; our loyal, four legged friends and companions. They are more than pets; they are part of the family. My passion for drawing and painting comes a close second. Having been host to a range of pets over the decades, animals have taught me responsibility, feelings of joy, compassion, and the difficult lesson of the inevitability of death. I grew up with a jet-black dachshund called “Bruiser” and today I live with a one-eyed rescue pomchi (Pomeranian x chihuahua), “Chester”. It makes sense that I combined both loves, producing art to celebrate the pedigree, mixed breeds and indeterminate of the species. All are dogs of personality, of intelligence and sometimes humour. All of them are loved and all of them love because love has no pedigree.

In 2017 I travelled around Queensland to several Dog Shows – photographing, sketching, meeting, and mingling with dogs and their owners: stewards and judges. I observed the lives and interactions of dogs with people at these events and compared them to the pups I encountered socialising at dog parks. It seemed to me that the lives of humans and dogs were inextricably bound together, each having the need for the comfort of each other’s company. Following this period of investigation, I created a body of artwork for my exhibition “DOG SHOW” held at Traffic Jam Galleries in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia. The collection showcased a multitude of canine breeds, ranging from the diminutive Chihuahua to the giant Great Dane. There were also virtually hairless dogs like the Chinese Crested and Sheepdogs, with their shaggy coats and Poodles with woolly coats. In my works I enjoyed depicting the bodies of all shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns. I found it fascinating to witness the wide variety of behaviours, personalities, and bonds of friendship in their social interactions. My intention for the exhibition was to encourage the viewer to consider and rethink our relationship with dogs.

Dogs have always been dependent on the whims of their owners. In art they have symbolized domesticity, wealth, and power. Some dogs were bred for specific tasks, but others selected for aesthetic reasons with a fixation on physical appearance. In contemporary society particular breeds have become a ‘fashion accessory’, revealing a lot about our lifestyle as influenced by celebrities and pop-culture. However, dogs will be dogs and have genetic propensities for certain behaviours … not always ones we like!

The escalation of social media has seen an unprecedented rise in dogs with public personas. Instagram dog accounts in some cases have amassed millions of followers worldwide! I am a big fan of the internet and have enjoyed my fair share of puppy snaps but always prefer to look at artist interpretations and pictures of man’s best friend.

I have created a collection of prints and collector dog products featuring artworks from the DOG SHOW Exhibition. As every dog owner knows, every dog has its own personality, yet each breed displays specific characteristics and traits. There is the friendly and affectionate Golden Retriever, the playful Airedale, the loyal German Shepherd, the fearless Doberman, the dependable Old English Sheepdog, and the aristocratic Afghan Hound. I am excited to share this first collection with you featuring musings depicted of all dog breeds. My gallery designs are not restricted to wall-art prints; they can be enjoyed on dog feeding mats, dog beds, dog bowls, collars, bandanas, and canine clothing! Hoodies, T-shirts, and bum-bags (for dog walks to carry essentials) have also been carefully designed for passionate dog owners and enthusiasts. I encourage you to view my affectionate and humorous works and to spot your favourite breed. It doesn’t matter if they are pedigree, mutt, or mongrel – they all deserve something special… and so do all dog lovers!



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With a lifetime of passion for art and an even more consuming love for dogs, it is no surprise that Kathryn McGovern eventually combined her two driving forces and created her ‘Dog Show Collection’, a series of works that demonstrates not only affection for her four-legged subjects but a certain sense of humour too.

But prior to the creation and release of the collection, Kathryn, brought up with art as an integral part of her life from an early age, studying and teaching within the world of art, achieved a Masters in both Visual Arts and Fine Arts whilst enjoying a 16-year career in teaching and collecting multiple awards for her art on the way.

The original inspiration for her art was her observations upon the natural world and pondering the relationships that animals and in particular dogs, shared with humans. Since taking the plunge and holding her first solo exhibition in 2018, Kathryn has continued her work, recently culminating in the ‘Dog Show Collection’. This collection of dog canvas prints features dogs of many different breeds and through her artistic interpretations highlights and defines some of the particular qualities that many may associate with certain breeds. 

The juxtaposition of the innately tranquil Great Dane with the rather more feisty Chihuahua canvas art may be considered to typify the collection, but throughout you will find all of the images relatable and endearing.

Kathryn’s dog canvas art, comes in a wide variety of sizes, from as small as 6 x 10 up to 60 x 30 inches and in all orientations, presented on canvas gallery wrap with New Zealand pine frames. Each piece is crated on top quality natural canvas, with qualities of durability and high absorbency that contribute to clarity and detail within the images.

It’s clear to see that Kathryn has a special affinity for the Dashchund as the collection feature 3 examples of Dashchund canvas wall art and if you too are a fan of the sausage dog canvas, the good news is that the images are also available on a number of other items, including full colour surface, non-slip feeding mats and comfortable and practical pet beds which should help keep your pets away from your furniture.

There’s no doubt that Kathryn has managed to capture the charm and character of her canine subjects and regardless of whether your favourite is the French Bulldog canvas art, the boxer dog canvas ‘Battle of Wits’ or the Shih Tzu canvas art that amusingly depicts the diminutive dog with human hair rollers, if you too have any affection for dogs, you are sure to view the whole collection most warmly.

Items within the canvas art collection are supplied with self-hanging kits facilitating a quick and simple process to display your chosen prints in your home or office, but unfortunately these pieces of art are not suitable for outdoors. 

Visit the online shop to order your Frenchie canvas, pet clothes and accessories, homewares and even stationary, featuring the unique work of talented artist Kathryn McGovern.

Kathryn McGovern, a Brisbane artist, has produced a collection of dog canvas prints that wonderfully capture not only her enduring love for dogs but each individual image encapsulates the charm and characteristics of the particular breeds that she features. With a long and distinguished career in art, Kathryn’s fine eye for detail within her dog canvas art is firmly enhanced by the utilisation of high-quality materials to ensure that every piece will have a timeless presence that will enhance any environment in which it is displayed.

As a tribute to the first dog that she ever owned there are multiple examples of Dachshund canvas wall art within the collection but other instantly recognisable breeds are included too. Her Boxer Dog canvas art, Shih Tzu canvas art and French Bulldog canvas art are unfussy yet evoke the distinctive qualities of these breeds and will immediately appeal to all dog lovers.

With a selection of orientations - horizontal, vertical and square plus a wide range of size options available, you are sure to find one of Kathryn’s pieces that touches your heart and that you will want to display in your home, office, public area or similar interior locations.

Kathryn is not limited to one medium however, and as outstanding as her examples of Pug canvas wall art and Frenchie canvas art are she produces a wide range of dog clothing and canine accessories such as collars, tags, feeding mats and bowls alongside products for the committed dog lovers.

Take a while to browse through the full catalogue, you will find it irresistible!