Tillamook Cheddar, a Jack Russell Terrier from Brooklyn, New York, is widely regarded as the world's preeminent canine artist. Over a 14-year career she had more than 20 solo exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and Bermuda. Tillie's terrestrial life came to an end on January 29, 2014, twelve days after her 15th birthday.
The artist's primary process was a dynamic color transfer technique. In preparation for each of Tillie's works, her assistants assembled a touch-sensitive recording device by affixing pigment-coated vellum to a block of watercolor paper, with a sheet of clear mylar on top, to insulate the artist from the paint medium. Working on the outside surface, she applied pressure with teeth and claws in a methodic ritual marked by dramatic shifts in tempo and intensity. The resultant sharp and sweeping intersecting lines complement the artist's delicate paw prints and subtle tongue impressions, composing an expressionistic image revealed on the paper once the outer layers of vellum and mylar have been removed. She worked with shocking intensity, sometimes to the point of destroying her creations.
In July 2005 the artist gave birth to six healthy puppies. One of her sons, Doc Chinook Strongheart Cheddar, continued to live with her until her death. Doc lives on, but thus far he has not followed his mother in her artistic forays.
Her first official biography, Portrait of the Dog as a Young Artist by F. Bowman Hastie III, is published by Sasquatch Books (2006).
"The most successful living animal painter."|
-The Art Newspaper
"A masterpiece of conceptualism."
-Time Out New York
"When possessed by an artistic vision, Tillie is fearless."
"[Because of Tillie] I have had to rethink two of my most basic assumptions
about art and life: first, the notion that animals cannot have an aesthetic
sense; second, the core conviction that no sentient being could possibly
paint anything worse than what Julian Schnabel recently showed at the Gagosian
-James Gardner, New York Post (May, 2002)
TILLIE TIP TO TAIL TOUR, Brooklyn, NY > Tillamook, OR. August 15-September 1, 2013. Coast-to-coast tour with the Tillie Mobile Unit, featuring live painting demonstrations and public viewings of the TMU.
UNVEILING OF THE TILLIE MOBILE UNIT, The Archway in D.U.M.B.O., Brooklyn, NY. August 4, 2011. Paintings, sculpture, public viewing of TMU, live performance of Tillie Jazz.
PEOPLE MAGAZINE, 1 MILE Gallery, Kingston, NY. September 4-October 23, 2010. Paintings.
THE TILLAMOOK CHEDDAR MID-CAREER RETROSPECTIVE, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL. June 20-Aug. 16, 2009.
-DOG TAG- 10, teethovenstudio, Long Beach, CA. April 24, 2009. Works on paper, board, and foamcore.
BOUNDARIES, Total Art-Space, Berlin. August 2-16, 2007. 2-artist show with Wannes LeCompte.
PETREL, Masterworks Foundation, Bermuda. March 23, 2007. Paintings.
HUNGRY MOTHER, 401 Greenwich, New York, NY. Nov. 16-Dec. 15, 2006. Paintings.
TILLAMOOK CHEDDAR: WORKS FROM 2000-2006, Guest Room Gallery, Portland, OR. November, 2006. Paintings & etchings.
TILLIE LTD.: BROOKLYN, BRUSSELS, BEIJING, Gallery Beaulieu at Ravenstein Galleries, Brussels, Belgium. April 16-30, 2006. Store-in Installation.
AN EXHIBITION OF ART BY TILLAMOOK CHEDDAR, The Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ. Nov. 3–24, 2005. Paintings.
AFTERBIRTH, Living With Art, New York City. Nov. 2≠16, 2005. Paintings and sculpture.
TILLAMOOK CHEDDAR, NYC, Beaulieu Summer Project, Knokke/Heist, Belgium.
July 30-August 6, 2004. Paintings and sculpture.
TILLIE LTD., Green Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. June-December 2004. Store-in
W139 PRESENTS TILLAMOOK CHEDDAR, MASTER IN CANINE ART, Kunstvlaai
5, Amsterdam, Netherlands. May 8-16, 2004.
HOW ARE CONNECTED THE DISPLACEMENT AND THE MACHINES OF PURITY, Gallery
Beaulieu, Wortegem/Petegem, Belgium. March 27-April 16, 2004. Two-artist
show with Ki Wa.
ART BRUT, Green Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Jan. 29-Feb. 19, 2004. Recent
work, oil on paper; photos of the artist by Dirk Westphal.
COLLAROBATIONS, The National Arts Club, New York, NY. April 25-May
10, 2002. Collaborative works by Tillamook Cheddar and 26 humans.
BLACK & WHITE (And Red, White & Blue), 129 West 42nd Street, New
York, NY. Oct. 18, 2001. New works on suede and paper; U.S. flags.
NO DOGS ON CAMPUS, MY SISTER'S KITCHEN Art Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA.
March 3-5, 2001. Small works on suede.
MERKIN, 176 GRAND Gallery, New York, NY. Dec. 7, 2000-Feb. 7, 2001.
Drawings and sculpture.
PORTRAITS & LANDSCAPES, 105 DEVOE Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Oct. 21-Nov.
11, 2001. Drawings, sculpture, little books.
-DOG TAG-, teethovenstudio, Brooklyn, NY. Oct. 24-Nov. 23, 1999. Works
on paper, board, and foamcore.
View of Outer Space from an Aquarium, Famous Accountants gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Oct. 1-Nov. 6, 2011.
ICOBA/CUTLOG, Bourse du Commerce, Paris, France. Oct. 22-24, 2009.
Gone to the Dogs, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY. Oct. 8-Nov. 7, 2009.
Animal House: Works of Art Made By Animals, Gallerie SAW Gallery, Ottowa, ON. July 26-Sept. 6, 2009.
In the Loop, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY. November 7-December 3, 2008. "BITCH" (video; collaboration with Diane Dwyer).
The Binder Show: A Traveling Group Art Exhibition, America. 2006.
Trends 06, de zevende biŽnnale voor hedendaagse kunst, georganiseerd door Sint-Barbara, Dienstbetoon, Gent, Belgium. February 2006.
A-4, Hoet-Bekaert Beaulieu Gallery, Gent, Belgium. September 3-October 1, 2005
"DEJA VU?" group show with all the artists from the gallery. Hoet Bekaert Beaulieu Gallery, Gent, Belgium. April 3-May 29, 2005
PICTURES OF TILLIE: Portraits of the Dog by Various Artists. Tillie
LTD. in Association with Green Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Sept. 23-Oct. 24,
MILANO FLASH ART FAIR, Milan, Italy. Representation by Beaulieu Contempory
Art. March 26-28, 2004
PETROPOLIS, The New-York Historical Society, New York, NY, July 15-November
INTERSECTION, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT, May 2003.
"BITCH" (video; collaboration with Diane Dwyer).
Tee Time, Millicent Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, May 3-21, 2003.
OPEN, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY. Oct. 12-Nov. 1, 2002.
SALON: 12 Artists Show Work in Long Island City, LIC, NY. Aug. 10-Sep.
DINING HAUL: UNPACKED no. 4, Meat Packing District, New York, NY.
June 6-9, 2002.
THE RUN, White Box Gallery, New York, NY. May 25-June 1, 2002.
REACTIONS, Exit Art, New York, NY. Jan. 26-March 30, 2002.
DEBUT, Method Lab, Brooklyn, NY. July 13-28, 2001.
Art for Tibet, Tibet House, New York, NY. December 1, 2012.
Groundswell's Sweet 16 Art Auction Benefit, 7 World Trade Center, New York, NY. October 10, 2012.
Art for Tibet, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY. October 14, 2011.
Bronx Charter School for the Arts 3rd Annual Benefit Auction, 1 OAK, New York, NY. May 17, 2011.
The Dog Art Challenge for Charity, Chicagoland Family Pet Expo, Chicago, IL. March 20-21, 2009.
Abracadabra: Second Annual Fundraising Exhibition, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL. January 22-Feb. 13, 2009.
The Wilmington Fur Ball, Wilmington, NC. December 6, 2008.
unre:FORMED, "Shadow" Benefit for Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY. Sept. 3, 2008.
Lenny the Pug's 2nd Annual Birthday Benefit for Animal Haven, New York, NY. March 25, 2007.
PET ART 7, Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 13, 2005.
PET ART 6, Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 7, 2004.
HSCA Benefit Ball, Munster, IN. Oct. 30, 2004.
Art Night, Hickock Warner Cole Architects, Washington, DC. Oct. 14,
Brooklyn Museum of Art (BMA) Community Committee Autumn Auction,
Brooklyn, NY. Nov. 22, 2003
PET ART 5, Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 9, 2003. "Truth & Beauty" collaboration
with Dirk Westphal.
Two 4 Animals (Second Annual B.A.R.C. Shelter Art Show and Auction),
31 Grand Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. May 31, 2003.
Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY. Dec. 11, 2002.
White Box's First Annual Benefit Auction, White Box Gallery, New
York, NY. Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2002.
PET ART 4, Los Angeles, CA. Oct. 27, 2002. "Magnetic Fields" collaboration
with Dirk Westphal.
TRIBUTARY: Benefit Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY. April
24-May 19, 2001.
"Arf for Art's Sake: A dogmatic tour by Tillamook Cheddar" by Cristina Guadalupe, DAMn magazine #30, October/November, 2011.
World Journal (New York, NY; Chinese-language newspaper). November 30, 2009.
"Pup's a master of modern arf" by Stefanie Cohen, The New York Post. November 29, 2009.
"New York painter barks for art" by Simon Smith, AFP (France). August 22, 2009.
"Art of the Animals" by Paul Gessell, Ottawa Citizen (Canada). August 1, 2009.
"Art goes to the dogs: conceptualist canine is rivalling Jackson Pollock" by Jacqui Goddard, The Times of London (UK). July 25, 2009.
"Tillamook Cheddar: The World's Preeminent Canine Artist," by Palm Beach Pet Society Volume VIII (Palm Beach, FL). 2009.
"Canine's claw-work canvases court controversy" by John Thomason, Plantation Forum (Broward County, FL). July 8, 2009.
"Dog Scratch Fever," by Michael Mills, New Times (Broward-Palm Beach, FL). July 14, 2009.
"Artist puts paws to paper" by Patti Roth, The Miami Herald. June 21, 2009.
The New Barker (Tampa Bay, FL). Spring 2009.
Jumping Jack Russell Terriers by Pam Scheunemann. ABDO Publishing Co., Edina, MN, 2009.
"Tillamook," by William Payne, A Distinctive Style Magazine. September 2008.
"Tillie's a doggie da Vinci!," Woman's World. May 5, 2008.
"A creative outlet for high-energy individual," The Seattle Times. May 27, 2007
"Take a bow, Tillie: Plein-air pooch proves every dog has its day," by Jessie Moniz, The Royal Gazette (Bermuda). March 27, 2007.
"Forget Picasso, This Dog's a Real Artist," In Touch Weekly. January 8, 2007
1,001 Reasons to Love Dogs by Christine Miele & Mary Tiegreen. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 2006.
Portrait of the Dog as a Young Artist: Art from scratch, by the world's preeminent canine painter by F. Bowman Hastie III. Sasquatch Books, 2006.
"Pup Art," Brooklyn!!, Summer 2006.
"Tæven i kunstveredened," by Lene Møller, Berlingske (Denmark),
May 28, 2006.
"Expressieve krassen van een artistieke teef," by Nica Broucke, DeMorgen (Belgium),
April 22, 2006.
"'De hond als jonge kunstenaar'," DM MagazineDeluxe (Belgium),
April 22, 2006.
"The world's best canine impressionist," by Andy Pemberton, Esquire (UK),
"Tillamook Cheddar, The Preeminent Canine Artist," Modern Dog,
"These Paintings Fetch Up to $2000 (And They were Painted By a Dog)," The New York Dog,
"Beverly Hills brats and their little rats," by Cindy Adams, The New York Post,
November 18, 2005.
"Is it a Miró? Is it a Malevich? No, it's a Monkey! Dolphins, horses, dogs,
and elephants are redefining the notion of 'art brut,'" The Art Newspaper,
London. October 2005.
"art/artist" Holland Herald (cover). April 2005.
"Best New Artist (The Best and Worst of Everything 2004)" PARADE.
Dec. 26, 2004.
"Goings on about town: DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival." The New
Yorker. Oct. 18, 2004.
"Picture this! Tillie's artistic talent brings her star-status" by Julia
Szabo. New York Post. Sept. 26, 2004.
"Paw-some! Pooch Artist is up to $cratch." The National Examiner.
August 2, 2004.
"Wet-Nosed Wonder Puts Bite on the Art World," by Karen Calabria. 24/7,
Brooklyn, NY. July 26, 2004.
Nikkei Marketing Journal, Japan. July 15, 2004.
"Tillie is art world's newest big cheese" by Joe Happ, Headlight Herald,
Tillamook, OR. June 23, 2004.
"Art's New Sensation is a Jack Russell" by Christy Lemire, Associated
Press. June 9, 2004.
"Doggie Picasso," AM New York. June 9, 2004.
"Jack of All Trades" by Melanie Kletter, Women's Wear Daily. June
"Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog," New York Diary by Adrian Dannatt,
The Art Newspaper, London. March 2004.
"Top Dog Rules Art World," OWL Magazine, Canada. December 2003.
"Scratch and Sniff," National Geographic Kids. November 2003.
Talented Animals by Mary Packard, Scholastic Inc. 2003.
"Clawing Her Way to Fame," Awesome Animals by Mary Packard, Scholastic
"Magic Propaganda Mill" by Rodrigo Salazar, Urban Latino. April/May
Ripley's Believe It or Not!, (Syndicated Sunday strip). March 2,
"Pawtrait of the Artist," AKC Family Dog. February 2003.
"Tintoretto, Titian, and Tillie," AKC Gazette. February 2003.
"Brooklyn Dog a Rising Star in New York Art Scene" by Sharon Guynup for
National Geographic Channel, National Geographic News, www.nationalgeographic.com.
Oct, 22, 2002.
"Dogs on the Job" by Jane Van der Voort, The Sunday Sun, Toronto,
Ontario. July 21, 2002.
"It Gives One Paws" Art Review by James Gardner, New York Post. May
"Doggie Style" by Billie Cohen, Time Out New York, New York, NY.
May 2-9, 2002.
"Canine Claws Celebre" by Reid J. Epstein, The Washington Times,
Washington, DC. April 30, 2002.
"Canine and able" by Kate Burt, The Guide (The Guardian), London.
April 6-12, 2002.
"Living High Off the Dog" by Rebecca Eckler, The National Post, Toronto,
Ontario. Feb. 7, 2002.
"Four Walls, Four Paws," Animal House Style: Designing a Home to Share
with Your Pets by Julia Szabo, Bulfinch Press. 2001.
"Tillie's Bitch" by Randy Gladman, NY Arts magazine, New York, NY.
"Ain't Art a Bitch?" by Susannah Breslin, LA Weekly, Los Angeles,
CA. March 16-22, 2001.
"Paw Traits of an Artist" by Shannon Black, The National Post, Toronto,
Ontario. Dec. 28, 2000.
"Pant by numbers" by Julia Szabo, New York Post. Oct. 22, 2000.
"Old Bitch Captivates Bushwick," by Brendan S. Carroll, HYPERALLERGIC.com. October 7, 2011.
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. December 8, 2009.
"Dog takes New York art world by storm," Yahoo! News/AFP (Internet video). August, 2009.
Pochi Tama. TV Tokyo (Japan). March, 2009.
ANIMALS SHOW. TF1 (Television, France). December, 2007.
The King of Miami (Episode 105). HDTV. June 4, 2007.
Northwest Afternoon. KOMO-4 TV (Seattle). Live demonstration. May 17, 2007.
CBS News Sunday Morning. CBS. April 15, 2007.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien. NBC. Live demonstration. Nov. 30, 2006.
"Tillamook Cheddar," K-9 Karma. Animal Planet. Sept. - Oct., 2005.
Good Day New York. Fox 5 News. Live demonstration. Sept. 9, 2004.
Inside Edition (U.S. Televison). July 20, 2004.
PM, BBC Radio 4 (UK). July 15, 2004.
Good Morning America, ABC, July 7, 2004.
"Dog's Art Drawing Attention in U.S., Europe," NBC News. June 9,
Hwa Jae Jip Joom (In Focus Evening Show), MBC (Korean television).
April 7, 2004.
World Values, TBS (Japanese television). July 28, 2003.
Animal Magnetism, W Network (Canadian television). March 4, 2003.
Cronica de Euskadi and El Altavoz, Radio Euskadi (Radio of the Basque
Country). Jan. 9-10, 2003.
Zoom In Super!, Nippon Television. Live demonstration. Nov. 20, 2002.
Fox News Live, Fox News Channel. Live demonstration. Nov. 19, 2002.
Amazing Pets of the World, TV Tokyo. Oct. 4, 2002.
CNN Sunday Morning. Live demonstration. Sep. 29, 2002.
The CBS Early Show. June 19, 2002.
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn CBS. June 19, 2002.
Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste. Telemundo. June 14, 2002.
"Tillie, Taxidermy, Anime," Studio 360, WNYC, 93.9 fm, New York City.
May 11, 2002.
WB11 11p.m. News, New York City. April 25, 2002.
Dogs with Jobs, Oxygen TV, The National Geographic Network. March
Clifford the Big Red Dog, PBS. First broadcast: Feb. 14, 2002.
WCBS 5 O'clock News, New York City. July 20, 2001.
CNN's Making the Moost of It with Jeanne Moos. July 16, 2001.
"How Much is that Dog Art in the Window?" The Next Big Thing radio
show, WNYC, 93.9 fm, New York City. Feb. 11, 2001.
"Dog Days," by Dorothy Krasowska, Context, wburg.com, Brooklyn, NY.
"Panting by Numbers," Film & Art, Network of the World, London, England.
Dec. 11, 2000.
WB11 Morning News, New York City. Dec. 7, 2000.
WABC 5 O'clock News, New York City. Oct. 31, 2000.