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A portrait of the 2017 Crufts Best in Show winner has been showcased in the Kennel Club Art Collection, at its headquarters in London.

The painting of American Cocker Spaniel SH CH Afterglow Miami Ink was created by artist Anne Zoutsos, from Surrey. It was formally presented to Crufts Chairman, Tom Mather, following its initial unveiling in the main ring at Crufts 2018, and is now available for the public to view within the Kennel Club art gallery on Clarges Street, upon appointment.

Coming from a family of talented artists, Anne Zoutsos is a full-time artist herself. Her work, including paintings of wild animals and dogs, can be found in collections all over the world.

Artist Anne Zoutsos presenting painting of Sh Ch Afterglow Miami Ink to Crufts Chairman, Tom Mather

Speaking about the work, Anne said, “When I approached the painting of Miami I was faced with a dog with very striking markings and so felt a detailed background, such as I had painted for the previous year’s winner, Devon, would make the painting too busy.

“Miami is bred and owned by the Afterglow Kennels and so I thought it would be nice to incorporate this name into the painting.

“In the photographs I used as reference, Miami’s coat was groomed out and hung completely straight and although I wanted to maintain the show coat for the portrait, I decided to add some movement to it to add interest. Therefore, I decided to paint him outside and so the final painting emerged, with the setting sun, the afterglow, shining through the shrubbery and Miami’s coat being gently ruffled in the breeze.”

The owners of Sh Ch Afterglow Miami Ink, Jason Lynn and Rui Jorge da Silva, have been gifted a limited edition print of the work.

To make an appointment please contact the Kennel Club Art Gallery via artgallery@thekennelclub.org.uk or by calling 0207 518 1064.

Credit to Marianne Walker, The Kennel Club and Anne Zoutsos 

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