Rescue Pet Papercut Portrait Art - Emmanuel Jose

Emmanuel Jose is a New York City-based papercut artist and illustrator. You might recall the series of playing cards he began creating annually in 2011. One design a week led to complete decks that have been printed by the United States Playing Card Company and are avidly collected by playing card fans. For example, Delicious, a food and dining-inspired deck, was successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Rescue Dog Paper Sculpture by Emmanuel Jose - George

After rescuing sister dogs Dottie and Coco this past year, Emmanuel was inspired to create endearing pet portraits that involve paper cutting and paper sculpture. The slightly rounded lines give the animals a soft effect, capable of winning over the hearts of prospective adopters.

Rescue Dog Paper Sculpture by Emmanuel Jose - Barney

A show featuring Emmanuel's art called Pets Playing Poker is underway at The PIT Loft, an improv and performance theater in New York through the end of October. Some of his playing cards are included too.

Emmanuel Jose's Rescue Pet Portrait Art Exhibit

There are twenty four portraits on display. Nearly all feature shelter dogs and cats, and a number of them are animals from the Animal Care Centers of NYC, which is unfortunately a high kill shelter.
 Rescue Cat Paper Sculpture by Emmanuel Jose - Clementino

"Ever since adopting my dogs, I've become a rescue animal advocate. It's my wish for the art show to encourage others to foster or adopt animals in need."

Rescue Dog Paper Sculpture by Emmanuel Jose - Hogart

Emmanuel Jose is on Instagram. He can be contacted for custom portraits at
Rescue Dog Paper Sculpture by Emmanuel Jose - Zane

To visit the show, the The PIT Loft is located at 154 W 29th St, New York City. 

Hours :
Monday through Friday: 6:00 PM to Midnight
Saturdays: 4:00 PM to Midnight
Sundays: 5:00 PM to Midnight

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  1. These are much personality !!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I think so too, cate! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Awesome! Being a advocate. Your artistic skill. Sharing both. You're inspirational.

  4. Great job! These pet portraits are so alive and you are doing a great work for animals. Emmanuel, you are such a true inspiration for us.


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