I heard about this book so while killing time in the city the other day I had a good look at it in the library.
I enjoyed the art work but the format of the book is quite formulaic. The author, Steven Miller has made a Table of Contents list of the various dog breeds. It seems once he made the list he then searched for art work to put on each two page spread describing what he found. He had a great deal of success with most pages but a few of the pages I thought were scraping the bottom of the barrel.
While there are a lot of dogs in Australian art (it seems), there does not seem to be enough to do justice to every specific breed of dog. If you love dogs, as we do in this household, then you will enjoy the vast majority of the art samples in this book.
The information about the art work displayed is a good overview.
I spent over an hour in the library looking at the pictures and reading a bit of the comments about each breed and the art information. Personally I didn’t love it enough to take it home and keep it for another three weeks. It would be a nice general gift for the hard to buy for dog lover in your life. Just be prepared for a few less than ideal examples. I include some of the pages below. You can make up your own mind. I do respect that taste in art is very specific and people seldom agree about what is lovely and what is not. Worth looking at.
Apologies for not identifying artists. I didn’t have enough time to compile all the information on the day. All of the information is in the book. I just wanted to give you an overview of the book.