December 5th, 2023
Written by Rachelle Pimentel, Fine Art Consultant
Throughout history, animals have played a significant role in art, serving as symbols that convey deeper meanings and emotions. Sometimes they are even foils for humans and our own relationships. There are several beloved animals who make frequent appearances in our gallery (in art!) so let’s explore our latest arrivals and the concepts they may represent.
The Bunny, with its innocent and gentle appearance, often represents purity and fertility in art. Its soft, delicate features are used to convey themes of youth, innocence, and rebirth. In some cultures, it’s associated with hope and new beginnings. Pamela Murphy’s painting above is the winter coat of a rabbit who changes his coat from brown in the summer, to white in the winter.
The Fox is known for their cunning and adaptability, which is reflected in their symbolism in art. They often represent intelligence, wit, and resourcefulness. In folklore, the fox is a trickster figure, challenging societal norms and expectations. This sculpture is a multitude of polymer clay sculptures, all smoothed together to fit the mold of a fox.
The Bear is a symbol of strength and courage. In many indigenous cultures, the bear is revered as a powerful and protective spirit. In art, the bear can represent not only physical strength but also inner strength and the ability to overcome adversity. Ron Russon the artist has such a protective spirit; with two young kids and a family that is close to his hear, he is indeed their papa bear.
The Horse has been a symbol of power, freedom, and nobility in various cultures. In art, they can represent the human desire for self-expression and individuality. Horses are often depicted in motion, symbolizing progress and the journey of life. Says one of our collectors about the artist Peloke’s work, “In my humble opinion, there is no other equine artist that even comes close to Ken’s talent. He is the gold standard.”
The Wolf has a complex symbolism in art. They can represent both positive and negative aspects. On one hand, they symbolize loyalty, teamwork, and familial bonds. On the other hand, they can signify danger, darkness, and the wild, untamed aspects of human nature. Our clients often are drawn to the wolves in the gallery, seeing themselves — and often — their pet dogs!
Birds have a rich history in art, representing freedom, spirituality, and transcendence. Different types of birds hold varying symbolic meanings. For example, doves represent peace, while eagles symbolize strength and vision. Birds in flight often represent the pursuit of higher ideals and the desire for personal growth. In conclusion, the symbolism of animals in art is a powerful tool for artists to convey complex emotions, cultural beliefs, and societal values.
Whether it’s the innocence of a Bunny or the strength of a Bear, these creatures offer a unique lens through which we can explore the human experience and connect with our innermost feelings and desires. So, next time you encounter a work of art featuring one of these animals, take a moment to reflect on the deeper meanings and messages it might be trying to convey.