Rite of regressive illumination

Rite of regressive illumination by Jay Morbus

This painting was submitted for a group art exhibition at M2 gallery titled “Retro Specs.”
Artists were asked to revisit works from their past and reinterpret them.
The following is a quote detailing the intentions of the above peice:

“The concept of reinterpreting previous works presents me with an interesting quest. I consider process to be most important in art, each work contains problems to be solved and I learn something from each piece. Attempting to put myself into the same frame of mind of a previous time period will be a challenge. I have chosen a painting titled “corpse with brown hat” to revisit. This was executed after viewing an exhibition detailing Australian forensic photos. My earlier works tended to be completed swiftly in order to express the thought with as little inhibition and obstruction as possible. As I have developed, I spend more time planning my actions and consider many more aspects in a finer detail. The object of this work will be to conserve the atmosphere of its original, whilst elaborating on and amplifying its initial idea.”

Specific personal symbols  were chosen to reflect this intention and to illustrate the contrast between the earlier work and the current piece.

“Rite of regressive illumination” – J Morbus (Acrylic, iridescent medium, modelling compound, cemetery soil and blood on board).


Valley of slaughter

Valley of slaughter by Jay Morbus

This painting was submitted for a group art exhibition at The Tate gallery titled “Zero A.D.

A blazing funereal procession expelled from the ruins of a distant city aflame, of flesh and carnality, of death and destruction, of mysterious and mystic, trails behind a figure on hands and knees. Compelled to traverse the desolate landscape with the infernal march in tow, the harbinger gazes upward, towards the unseen.


“Valley of slaughter” – J Morbus (Leather paint/artist’s blood and skin on goat hide)

Woman of woe…

Woman of woe by Jay Morbus
Initially inspired by thoughts conjured from reading Dante’s Inferno, coupled with images of weeping women that often decorate many tombs and graves, this vision of bleakness took  its own melancholic form.

The Woman of woe is struck in a mournful pose, her limbs and body mutate into a withering tree. Her misery bound in an almost perpetual state of grief.

Two ravens sit upon her back, silently observing her anguish from above.

This artwork was one of my first paintings done on leather.
Other works completed on leather can be found on the Leather art page.

“Woman of woe across desolate plains under an eclipse of darkness” – J Morbus (Paint on leather)