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Motifs of Flora and Fauna: Painting by Pat Sollows

An oil painting of a man with a donkey's headA Mid-Winter's Night Dream, oil on canvas

Pat Sollows is a Nova Scotia artist who creates oil paintings using motifs of flora and fauna. Many of Pat’s recent paintings combine animals and humans, depicting human figures with the heads of animals, for example.


A painting of a lion with ghostly human figuresGhost Lion, oil on canvas


I enjoy the color scheme that Pat tends toward in her work. While her works are often saturated in dark shades of black and blue, it’s the fiery reds and lush green hues that create polish and visual interest. Pat’s painting style is fairly loose and gestural, and combined with these bizarre figures lends each painting a dream-like quality.

A screen capture of Pat Sollow's online painting galleryPat's gallery of works


Other works are more abstract, with dark, muddled backgrounds that blend into unidentifiable figures. In these cases, Pat’s titles become more pertinent, often giving the viewer additional information and a jumping-off point into the work. The deep reds and blacks give these paintings almost a corroded aesthetic, and they remind me of the work of artists like Francis Bacon or Lucian Freud


A painting of some bones on a red backgroundBone of Song, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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