The Art of It: Rabbitude
British painter Jo Hay realized that her rabbit paintings were relevant portraits.
A British figurative painter, Jo Hay initially imagined her rabbit paintings would be purely experimental but very quickly realized that they were relevant portraits.
Painting rabbits has since become a way for Hay to construct living figures without being concerned with likeness or gender. Instead, she is forced to closely examine each rabbit’s personality to make its portrait unique.
This focused study also helps her to achieve strong anatomical structure and allows her to contemplate her unequivocal belief in animal consciousness.
Hay’s exhibit, Rabbitude, includes more than a dozen rabbit portraits, some as large as 60” x 48”, and will be on display at the Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge until May 1, 2016.