I admit, I’m not always up on the very latest trends, I am in my 30’s after all. I knew all about the “Put a Bird On It” trend, but had no idea that art featuring chickens had become such a big deal. Chicken art makes me think back to my grandma’s house and her Americana farm scene prints featuring chickens. And her ceramic chicken collection. Needless to say, chickens aren’t the first subject that jumps to mind when I think of the latest in the art world. But for whatever reason, these birds are fowls are ruling the roost.
Seattle area artist, Brian McGuffey draws from childhood experiences in his creative process. In “Roost”, pictured above, he elevates the rooster from lowly barnyard animal to a dignified, full-plumed specimen. Just look at that profile. You know all the hens would be clucking all over him.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To attend a chicken-only art show, apparently! St. Augustine, Florida artist, Sydney McKenna painted “King of the Hill” specifically for a show at the W.B. Tatter Studio & Gallery celebrating not just chickens, but also the gallery’s sixth year anniversary. I hope they served a vegetarian menu for the opening.🙂
But the Tatter who is by no means the only chicken show I’ve covered in recent months. Remember Yvonne Lozano’s What Happened to the Chickens show? Yvonne created an entire series of painting centered around a family trip to Colombia and a few friendly chickens she met there as a child.
But chickens in art aren’t just reserved for the barnyard.. In “Out and About”, San Francisco based artist Hilary Williams depicts a little hen who seems to have escaped and is enjoying a lovely day on the town. This chick is ready for a ladies lunch and some retail therapy.
Speaking of plucky adventurers ( pun intended ), Dolan Geiman’s Blue Highway also shows how chickens in art aren’t just for grandma’s kitchen anymore. Geiman’s graphic, mixed media approach results in work that is more contemporary than kitsch.
Where is this upsurge in chicken art leading? Only the chickens know for sure. The banty in Jim Draper’s Cross Creek seems ready to take the road less traveled. And maybe that’s what the chicken art movement is all about.
The featured images is Laughing About This Life by Hilary Williams. All images are courtesy of the individual artist’s websites.
PS– I restrained myself from finding a Road Crossing Chicken joke to go with each piece of artwork. You’re welcome.