Welcome to the newest gallery in JAC’s Gallery of the Month series, where we showcase a wide range of art and writing under unique monthly themes. Check back on the first of each month for a new collection of works by the talented artists in the JAC network. To view past galleries of the month, see our Gallery Archive.
Owls. Birds. Cats. Lambs. Tigers. Dogs. Lions. Ducks.
Taking a look through JAC network artists’ portfolios, you may stumble on a beloved pet, a predator in the wild, or a vibrant sea creature.
Throughout history, animals have held different significances across different cultures—sometimes symbolizing luck, loyalty, freedom. Some have been revered as gods and others have been domesticated as “man’s best friend.” Often a source of inspiration for artists inside and out, animals represent connections beyond the human and a relationship to the natural world.
“My dogs and horses inspire…I go to sleep every night looking at photos of my dogs. We have a pack. I’m the leader. We need to be together. My brother is looking out for them but he doesn’t love them like I do. He doesn’t embrace them and squeeze their fuzzy faces against his own and kiss the top of their heads, and sing them their songs.” ~ Cedar Annenkovna
As you scroll through this gallery, you will find all kinds of creatures, friendly and formidable alike. We hope you take a moment to appreciate Chad Merrill’s life-like renderings, Jesse Kruze’s abstract cats, and Kenny Collins’ prehistoric wildlife, and the many other unique depictions of animals.
Listen to an interview with Chad Merill, one of the artists featured in this gallery, here!
We hope you enjoy this month’s gallery: Animal August