Tillamook Cheddar (dog)
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|Breed||Jack Russell Terrier|
|Born||January 17, 1999|
|Died||January 29, 2014(aged 15)|
|Owner||F. Bowman Hastie III|
|Named after||Tillamook Cheddar|
Tillamook Cheddar (January 17, 1999 - January 29, 2014; Tillie for short) was a Jack Russell terrier dog from Greenwich, Connecticut, who acquired a reputation as an artist. She had work on display at the National Arts Club, collaborating on pieces that were shown with human artists such as Tom Sachs and Dirk Westphal.
A 16-pound (7.25 kg) Jack Russell terrier with a white coat and brown and black markings on her face, she was named for Tillamook Cheddar, a brand of cheese produced in the U.S. state of Oregon. She lived in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, with her owner, F. Bowman Hastie III, a freelance writer and editor. Hastie, who grew up in Oregon, served as her agent, publicist, and manager.
Hastie received Tillamook Cheddar as a 30th birthday gift from his mother, picking her out of a litter in Greenwich, Connecticut. Hastie first noted what he thought were her artistic inclinations when she was six months of age; while he was sitting on his couch writing on a legal pad, she jumped up and began scratching at the pad. Believing that she was attempting to communicate in some way, he affixed a sheet of carbon paper to the pad and she scratched her first image.
Reception of work
But to address a nagging question, do Tillie's scratchings and bitings add up to art? Not to my way of thinking, and here's why. To qualify as a work of art, at least in these postmodern times, a thing must be created with intent, and animals are not capable of intent in the same way humans are.
Appearances and exhibitions
In 2007, she painted in a public multimedia event called "Tillie Jazz," in collaboration with a live jazz trio (pianist Dred Scott, tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry, and drummer RJ Miller).
On November 30, 2006, Tillamook Cheddar (presented as "Tillie the Canine Artist") appeared as a featured guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
- "Tillamook Cheddar by way of Bowman Hastie". Celebrity Dog Watcher. 6 February 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
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- "Brooklyn Dog a Rising Star in New York Art Scene". National Geographic Society. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
- "The Best & Worst Of Everything: Our Annual Year-End Roundup", Parade, December 26, 2004 Archived October 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- The Art Newspaper, London, October 2005(subscription required)
- Michael Mills, "Dog Scratch Fever", Broward Palm Beach New Times, July 16, 2009
- "CNN.com". CNN.
- Animal Artists
- F. Bowman Hastie III (2006). Portrait of the Dog as a Young Artist: Art from Scratch, By the World's Preeminent Canine Painter. Seattle, Washington: Sasquatch Books. ISBN 978-1-57061-464-4
- Packard, Mary (2003). Talented Animals: A Chapter Book. Children's Press. ISBN 0-516-22911-7
- Szabo, Julia. "Picture this! Tillie's Artistic Talent Brings Her Star-Status." New York Post, September 26, 2004.
- Ballo, Kate. "These Paintings Fetch Up to $2000 (And They were Painted By a Dog)." New York Dog, January 2006.