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Portraits of pets have become more popular than commissioning art featuring close members of the family, it is revealed today.

Commissions for artwork of favourite dogs and cats are more popular than portraits of all family members – except children.

It is the poor old mother in law who is bottom of this list when choosing who should be hanging from the walls of modern households.

Even portraits of teenage children and partners are less popular than hanging up a picture of a favourite pet, particularly cats or dogs.

The trend is revealed by You Are Art which specialises in creating modern personalised portraits.

You Are Art research of 300 customers showed the most popular commission was of babies under three. Next came children aged 3 to 13, followed by pets. Mother in laws came below uncles, aunts and even family friends.

You Are Art commissions for pet portraits have doubled in the last year – helping to make them the third most popular choice.

Pet owners especially are not just choosing traditional oil paintings, but also embracing pop art ideas such as graphic and Andy Warhol styles of portraits.

Customers are also happier about commissioning art because modern methods offered by You Are Art have taken away the intimidation and high costs of dealing with an artist directly.

The artists work from photographs getting rid of the need for sittings, there are not expensive galleries, ordering can be done online at and drafts are emailed to the client throughout the process making them the art director. What they don’t like can be changed at any time.

Mark Berry, founder of You Are Art, said he was stunned by the demand for pet portraits.

“More and more of the commissions are of animals of all shapes and sizes. It is very rare that someone wants a portrait of their mother in law in a modern home, even if they do get on with them.

“The general trend is that portrait art is on the increase. Taking away the intimidation of commission personal artwork and offering a range of styles for all tastes has really helped to make it popular as a modern interior design idea.”

You are Art can be found at or by calling 0207 3841113


Notes to editors:

A survey of 300 You Are Art customers who have children and pets showing the most popular subjects when commissioning portraits.

1) Babies and children up to three years old

2) Children aged 3 to 13

3) Pets

4) Partners

5) Teenagers

6) Parents (bought by children still living at home)

7) Family friends

8) Aunts and uncles

9) Father in law

10) Mother in law

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