These large scale paintings of dogs by simon schrikker are stunningly beautiful and powerfully intimidating. I'm a total dog lover but that doesn't keep me from being frightened by them when they're being aggressive. Having been bitten badly as a child, I know the absolute terror a vicious dog can provoke and these paintings capture a fraction of that feeling for me through their sheer size and painting technique. Even in adoring dogs, I always remember that they still have some wildness deep inside, there for their own protection when mistreated or threatened or provoked. What I love most about this work is that I'm not sure if these dogs are friendly or dangerous, playful or about to attack. Powerful and disconcerting, they make me stop and consider what I want to do next. Amazing!