Pugs are adorable, it’s a fact. For many years they’ve been inspiring works of art, appearing in early Chinese sculpture and artwork, as well as 18th century European portraiture. As one of the oldest breeds of dogs, pugs have been represented by pug art, since the advent of the breed.
And it’s no wonder: pugs are loveable, expressive, and have faces that appear almost human-like with their expressions. Part monkey, part teddy bear, these little dogs are a favorite muse of many classic and modern pug artists.
As pug lovers and art lovers, we’ve collected (and contributed) to the pug art world too. Pugs are like potato chips--you can’t stop at just one, and the same holds true for pug artwork. Once the breed has your heart, you’re ready to buy anything where the artist has decided to “put a pug on it”. After all, what isn’t made better by the presence of pugs?
So here’s a roundup of some of our favorite modern pug artists and pug art out there. Please feel free to let us know if we missed your favorite pug artist! We’re always looking for new pug-loving artists to support.
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Check Out These Amazing Pug Artists for the Best Pug Art
If you’d like to support excellent pug artists, please check out the following artists. We’ve included their instagram handles for easy access and viewing!
Best Pug Artist for Pet Portraits
Emma Tuzzio: Instagram @emmatuzziopetportraiture
Emma’s artwork isn’t limited to just pugs, but she’s one of the most stunning and talented pet portrait artists we’ve found. Her work is breathtaking and she manages to capture the heart and soul of each animal she draws. We commissioned her to do a memorial portrait for our friends’ beloved fur-baby and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we revealed it to them. Emma has a rare gift and she’s a delight to work with. If you’re looking for custom pet portraits, we can’t recommend her highly enough.