Inside Turf One’s Smoking Dog

We welcome back French artist Turf One as he returns with his latest edition, paying homage to an old Parisian restaurant with the Le Chien Qui Fume or The Smoking Dog. Available in both a standard and a hand-embellished edition, this image is as compact as it’s subject and a perfect fit for any area where you need a anthropomorphic animal. Read on as Turf One gives us the lowdown behind his latest image and more. . .


1x: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Turf One: Le Chien Qui Fume (The Smoking Dog) is the name of an old Parisian restaurant. I always found the name so inspiring! Since I was a kid, it always brought to mind images of smoking circus dogs, so I finally painted one.

1x: Was this image part of a recent theme, series or show that you had?
Turf One: Dogs have definitely always been one of the reoccurring themes in my art. So are cigarette-smoking somewhat anthropomorphic animals. I always had a fascination for “perverting” the classic cartoon characters codes.

turf-process-01Le Chien Qui Fume – Hand-Embellished Edition by Turf One

1x: What materials were used to create this original piece?
Turf One: Acrylics.

1x: When was it originally drawn and created?
Turf One: I did this back in 2016 over the course of I’d say about two weeks.


1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Turf One: The idea came from the name of a famous Parisian restaurant The Smoking Dog. I used my friend’s french bulldog as a model.

1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
Turf One: Fartist!


1x: What are some strides you feel you made with your work last year?
Turf One: For me it’s all about a constant progression, always trying to make my work evolve, my ideas more mature and my technique tighter.

1x: What are some the things you’re aiming to improve/change up for this year?
Turf One: Take more time to take care of myself and maybe work just a little less. Probably won’t happen though!

turfprocess-03Le Chien Qui Fume – Hand-Embellished Edition by Turf One

1x: What else is on the docket for you over the next couple months and throughout the year?
Turf One: More paintings!

1x: Any artists new or old that you have been digging lately or rediscovering?
Turf One: I got to see some Ralph Steadman originals recently and his work keeps blowing me away.


1x: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Turf One: A vintage birds school chart from the early 1900’s.

1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
Turf One: WebsiteInstagram @jeanlabourdette