Jo Hay

Grisham

$500
  • Original painting by Jo Hay
  • Measures 7" x 5" oil on canvas
  • Like all of her Rabbit series, Jo names the paintings after remarkable creators and innovators. This series of mini paintings is Author themed.

Titled after famous authors, British-American painter Jo Hay has graced us with another mini-series of spectacular rabbit portraits. 

British figurative painter Jo Hay studied and worked in Manhattan for years before making her current

home in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is widely known for large-scale paintings that explore

sexuality, gender, and identity, as in her self-portrait Dodger which placed as a semi-finalist in the 2015

BP Portrait Award. Hay is fascinated by human psychological and biological perception of gender, and

her interest in subjects with both male and female characteristics was first inspired by the glittering

androgyny of British glam rock musicians in the nineteen-seventies.

Rabbitude marks a departure from these portraits; it showcases new works in a series that Hay has

continued to explore since her graduate school days at the New York Academy of Art. “I initially

imagined the rabbit paintings would be purely experimental,” she says of her first examples painted in

2010, calling them a reaction to long hours studying traditional figurative painting. “I very quickly

realized that they are equally relevant portraits in themselves.”

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