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Josie Morway is a self-taught artist who has been painting most of her life.
Her paintings are fragmented narratives, inspired by everyday words and phrases that bombard us – old signage, broken billboards, overheard conversations.
Morway is of the opinion that omissions tell half the story. Substituting animals for human characters in her visual narratives, she explores gestures, postures and expressions that are familiar and universal but at the same time ambiguous.
For the last year she has been working steadily on a series of paintings about symbols that she considers relevant to both wildlife and civilization, titled Untame vs. The Domesticati.
"Combining traditional oil painting techniques with sign painting in such a delicate balance, Josie Morway creates such imaginative, rich and powerful imagery. The level of detail in each piece is painstaking and there are no compromises in her approach to intense rendering of turn and feathers. Her subjects are also ones that I’m naturally drawn to, offering a glimpse into the balance between conflict and compassion within the natural world."