- 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.”