The iconic Blue Dog image is the creation of world renowned artist, George Rodrigue. Born and raised in New Iberia, LA, Rodrigue started sketching his surroundings as a young boy. His constant drawing during classes once caused his exasperated teacher, Brother Edward, to throw him out of class for drawing! His forty year body of work as an artist has definitely proven the Brother wrong, which in this case is a blessing as George supports the Christian Brothers Foundation to this day.
After attending art school first at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and then at the Art Center College of Design at Pasadena, California, George returned to Acadiana and has lived most of his adult life in the City of Lafayette, Louisiana. During his early years as a professional artist he primarily painted images of the Cajun culture. His depictions of the lives and likenesses of the Cajuns of South Louisiana, as they lived in his childhood, are set amidst moss laden live oak trees and portray the Cajun’s endearing joie de vivre. His earlier works are nothing less than an historical record, in art, of the Cajun culture and the most famous, and infamous, of its native sons.
Over the past twenty years Blue Dog has evolved along with its creator. Always different, but in ways, always the same. It is difficult to define the allure of Blue Dog, but the fact that it captures the imagination is undeniable. Through his art the Blue Dog Man has made the acquaintance of three U.S. presidents, and his Blue Dog works are valued by art collectors and art lovers worldwide. He has galleries in Lafayette and New Orleans, LA, as well as Carmel, CA, Aspen, CO and Tokyo. We also display more than 150 of his works at Blue Dog Cafe.
The art works in the left margin are just a few of the silkscren prints he has created and sold to raise money for such charities as the American Red Cross, New Orleans Museum of Art and Katrina Relief. He is also a tireless advocate of the Children's Art projects, and often speaks to school children about Blue Dog and the importance of art appreciation.
Despite his success and fame, which takes him all over the world, George Rodrigue’s heart is always in Acadiana. We at Blue Dog Café regularly enjoy his company, and the predictable laughter that erupts from his table of friends as we enjoy the food of his childhood, served with a modern day twist, much like George’s images of the Blue Dog sitting beneath the ancient live oaks of his South Louisiana home.
Co-Owner/Proprietor Blue Dog Café