Remembering Artist George Rodrigue and his famous ‘Blue Dog’ paintings

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New Orleans has lost one of it’s iconic artists.

The Cajun artist whose famous for his blue dogs—George Rodrigue passed away on Saturday night at a hospital in Houston, after a battle with cancer.

69-year old, Rodrigue owned an art gallery on Royal Street in the French Quarter.

Today, other artists are mourning the loss of a great artist.

Ally Burguieres owns Gallery Burgueires on Royal Street, which is right next door to Rodrigue’s gallery.  She knew Rodrigue and said he was a big inspiration for her.

“He inspired me to follow my heart and to follow what works for me as an artist,”  she said.

New Iberia native, Rodrigue is best known for his famous blue dog paintings which can be seen all over the state of Louisiana.

“He started out painting Cajun families and then he painted his dog, Tiffany who is the blue dog.  That took off and he found his passion in the blue dog,”  Burgueires said.

His paintings were very popular locally, but nationally his blue dog became a symbol of strength after 9/11 in New York City and during the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Rodrigue was very involved with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts which helped provide art supplies to kids in schools.

“I think he touched so many people in so many different ways,” she said.

A legacy which will live on through his four-legged friend.

His family issued a statement:

“While we mourn the loss of a great man, we also celebrate his rich life and legacy.  George will remain a presence in the hearts of the people who got to know him and his work will continue to inspire for generations to come.”

Rodrigue is survived by his wife and two sons.

The family is expected to release more details on funeral arrangements on Monday.