Circle of fifths

Circle of fifths - JMorbus

The circle of fifths can be a very useful tool for musicians and composers.

Ouroboros forms the circle and chaos it’s centre.
A slight variation to something practical.

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“Circle of fifths” – J Morbus (Pen and ink on paper)


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)


Suicide - J MorbusAnother sketch on the subject of suicide.
This follows on from the work titled “Shotgun suicide“.

“Suicide” – J Morbus (Pen and ink on paper)

Shotgun suicide

Shotgun suicide by Jay Morbus

A literal title to reflect the simplicity of the sketch.

“Shotgun suicide” – J Morbus (Pen/Ink on paper)

The Ferryman of Acheron

The Ferryman of Acheron - Jay Morbus

Charon, at the helm of a vessel to ferry the dead, a lone cloaked figure adrift in a deep black abyss, guides his ship through the vacuous void, accompanied by the dull moans of lost souls brushing past the hull and left in it’s wake.

“The ferryman of Acheron” – J Morbus (Biro pen and ash on paper)


Wraith - J Morbus

Despite no certain etymology, the wraith can be translated from an early Scottish word for ghost, specter or spirit.

This image of a wraith was sketched approximately in the same time period as
The ferryman of Acheron“. This work was executed using a black biro on paper.

“Wraith” – J Morbus (Biro pen on paper)


Raven - J Morbus

A silhouetted image of a raven perched on a branch, with the moon looming behind.

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“Raven” – J Morbus (Pen and ink on paper)