Some of the more famous of the animal artists go by the names Vincent Van Goat – whose very abstract paintings sell for about £27 /$42.00 USD.
There are also the Piglet painters Van Snout and Bottabelli. They use their snouts to smush the paint around the canvas, and hoofs to add further texture. Their paintings are an even better deal at £16/ $25.00 USD.
"with purpose, knew instinctively how to balance a sketch, and painted with intentional, radiating patterns, screaming if a painting was taken away before he was done."
Then there are the painterly pachyderms. As noted in These Thai elephants don't play golf, but they do have a great stroke, 8 elephant artists from the Maesa Elephant Camp, in Thailand collaborated on an 8 panel, 20 by 8 foot masterpiece. Their humans, by chance, found the perfect buyer - a Thai businesswoman and elephant lover. Knowing that the proceeds of the sale would help support these animals probably helped with the sale of their art. This elephant art fetched a jumbo price in 2005 of 1.5 million baht ($44,000 / USD today).
Unlike most animal art that consists of spattering or pushing paint around a canvas, this piece was well thought out and orchestrated. The humans did the initial design work and spent years training the elephants to paint in a pointillist style. The result is an impressionist painting of Northern Thailand scenery, titled “Cold Wind, Swirling Mist, Charming Lanna,” So although you may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, you can certainly teach an elephant.
Now that’s not to say that canines can’t paint. Some Brazilian-based paint-covered dogs shake out abstract art with their Jackson-Pollock like spatter paintings. Like the elephants, their goal is to hit the art market for some animal shelter funding (through the help of their humans).
While most successful animal art is questionable as far as quality and subject matter, one thing is for sure. With a good agent or promoter, you can succeed in the art world – if a chimp, elephant of dog can succeed – so can you.