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This season KOBALT Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work from British painter Jo Hay. Hay’s exhibition entitled Betwixt is a series of large human heads that appear to be male and female simultaneously. Hay’s choice of subject matter is due to her fascination with the mysterious middle ground between the two sexes. “I want to probe our psychological and sexual perception of others. These paintings are not portraits of specific people. They are pieced together from photographs, paintings, and life. I strive to make dynamic compositions of distinctly individual marks that work as a whole.  Similarly, paint layering and thickness is constantly considered. And while wanting a strong sense of anatomical form, the patchwork nature of these composites allows me to push some areas to become more abstract, making the structure appear to dissolve and resolve with the question of gender”. Hay’s work has been included in various group and juried shows including the Cambridge Art Association Cambridge, MA “North East Juried Show”– juror Cheryl Brutvan Curator of Contemporary Art at the Norton Museum of Art. In 2010 Hay was awarded the Lillian Orlowsy and William Freed Foundation Grant from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. In 2012 Hay graduated from the prestigious New York Academy of Art Master’s program in New York City with a concentration in anatomy.

Posted by Jo Hay on 6/17/13

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