Wow, do I have a treat for you today! I had the amazing opportunity to talk with American artist William Wegman on the phone. Bill is well known for his photographs of Weimaraner dogs, dressed in all sorts of costumes and settings. Did you know he has also written and illustrated children’s books as well as created films and paintings? If you’d like to see some of his artworks, there is a wide selection on his Pinterest page.
How did this interview come about? A few weeks ago, his assistant contacted me to review his new children’s book on my blog. Inspired by Mr. E’s bold move to reach out to Dale Chihuly (another of my art heroes) I decided to ask if Bill could be reached for an interview. I figured, what’s the worst that can happen? Bill graciously accepted my request and after testing out a few phone call recording apps, I was able to record the conversation for you! (Permission has been granted by the artist to record and post the phone interview. At around 5 minutes, the call disconnected and the audio has been edited to combine the two calls.)
I will have two parts in this blog series. In this first post, I will share with you the interview and in the second post, I will give you a look at his new children’s book. I will share pictures of the artwork my students made using photomontage.
Why does William like dogs and do the dogs enjoy posing for him?
What advice would he give art teachers?
What does William Wegman want children to know about his art? Plus… much more!
Click on the dog with pink hair below to hear this fascinating interview.
If you are reading on a blog reader, you might have to pop on over to the actual blog post.
This interview, In the Company of Animals, is a really great peak into his life as an artist.
Sesame Street clip of Dogs Baking Bread
WegmanWorld on YouTube