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Mysteriously Surreal Paintings of Faceless Women Overpowered by Nature and Wildlife

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Femininity and Nature

Amy Judd’s mysterious paintings epitomize the enchanting aspects of femininity. She creates images rich with a soft sensitivity, and though each piece is able to stand alone—in terms of quality and uniqueness—all effortlessly inspire a similar sense of wonder. Drawing inspiration from the archetypical relationship between woman and animal that forms the backbone of traditional folklore and fairy tales, her portfolio is infused with an ancient sense of magic.

Playing with muted tones and soft lighting, Judd’s elegant models remain shrouded in mystery through the stylistic use of concealed or obscured faces. Despite these veils, emotion is clear to read within each work—where some are more whimsical and light-hearted, others convey a surreal, seductive face of womanhood. The inclusion of feathers and butterflies, while soft in texture, can be seen as armour that emboldens rather than hides Judd’s women. Of her work, Judd has said: “The sensitive brushwork on the figure’s flesh complements the delicate pattern of the feathers, however the compositions are bold and strong, and the figures are not frail or delicate; the feathers allude to strength, flight and bravery, rather than fragility.”

Judd relays a courage and power within her mystic compositions, purposely highlighting the elegance of her models as it serves as a form of strength, not weakness. Her dreamy portraits imbue a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for all creatures of beauty. She is exclusively represented by Hicks Gallery, in London, UK.

Author: Kristine Mitchell