I am Philippe Tyberghien, Franco / Belgian artist and graphic designer.
Always fascinated by animals and decoration, but my professional career (in architecture and design) did not predestine me for the animal portrait.
It is thanks to Uggo my Jack Russel that the click of the portrait in costume arrived. From 2007 I started to make my first portraits. In 2009, Star Animal was launched. This site dedicated to dogs and cats offers the customization of anthropomorphic portrait from a simple photo of his animal.
The portrait collections (historic, romantic, black and white, etc.) are expanding and renewing themselves regularly. In each portrait, the animal remains the main subject and the pretext for a « mirror game » between the real world and an imaginary world where everything is possible.
Today, like Noah’s ark, it is a whole menagerie which has seen itself « having its portrait drawn ». Whether they are fur or feathered, farm animals and wild animals, They all reveal themselves in one light in my fabulous portrait gallery.
I chose photography combining tradition and modernity through retouching and photo-manipulation to offer authentic, quirky and sensitive works.
My passion for animals is also reflected in my commitment to animal protection. Collaborating with the Brigitte BARDOT foundation, I carried out several poster campaigns for her in favor of animal rights or against the exploitation of fur. Star Animal also transfers part of its profits to the benefit of animal protection.