Cryptic Animal Paintings by Josie Morway

Josie Morway - Stellis, lions
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Animals have long been used as stand-ins for human morality in fables and fairy-tales, but Massachusetts-based Josie Morway brings them into contemporary consciousness with her beautiful, cryptic portraits. Each painted creature carries an air of agelessness and wisdom, their bodies framed by geometric formations and Latin scripts (one such as phrase states “Faciam ut mei memineris”: I’ll make your remember me). As Morway expresses in her artist’s statement, animals allow her to “explore gestures, postures, and expressions that are both familiar, universal, and still . . . ambiguous.” Inspired by overheard conversation, old signage, and the written messages we see every day, her symbolic portraits allow for the viewer to imaginatively fill in the gaps.

Josie Morway - Diver Josie Morway - fox and feathers Josie Morway - deer and magpies Josie Morway - owl
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Josie Morway - Predator Josie Morway - Mirror Kites Josie Morway - As You Sew, fox and fruit Josie Morway - Kite Josie Morway - Growth
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