Artist Bio : George Rodrigue

Alexis Braud

Children’s Book Author and Nicholls Art Graduate

Born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, artist George Rodrigue (1944 – 2013) is best known for his Blue Dog paintings and prints, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s. His art studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette were followed by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His was one of the greatest success stories in southern art when Blue Dog transformed the image of the original Cajun werewolf dog — the loup-garou — into an international pop icon.

Rodrigue is the subject of twelve books, published nationally and internationally, on his art, as well as numerous museum exhibitions, including forty-year career retrospectives at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Museum in Memphis, Tennessee (2007) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (2008), both of which broke museum records at those locations for living artists or contemporary shows.

Rodrigue exhibited his original paintings and silkscreens in his own galleries in Carmel, California, Lafayette, Louisiana, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Through the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, Rodrigue raised $2.5 million benefiting post-Katrina New Orleans through sales of his relief prints. In early 2013 he held his fourth annual statewide art contest for high school juniors and seniors, a contest that attracted 1,500 applicants since 2010 and granted over $150,000 in scholarships, art supplies, and
other assistance.

George Rodrigue passed away on December 14, 2013 at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer.