Pets: Sit. Stay. Pose.

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A pedigree is posh. But a portrait is forever. Culver City-based artist Christopher Galligan paints cats, dogs, rabbits, and fish (upcoming commissions include a potbellied pig and a scorpion). Working from photos, Galligan uses acrylic on wood to achieve a style he’s dubbed “whimism” (whimsical realism, at $600 to $6,000 apiece). Nikky Hughes works in surrealistic oils, Guillermo Borrajo offers pop art à la Warhol, and Lucinda Keller renders pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors. “I wanted to be a wildlife biologist,” says Keller. “But I was more interested in drawing than looking through a microscope.” 

Illustration by Mark Matcho

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