Horse Themed Paintings by Wise Women, a set on Flickr.
this blog entry was co-written by Edy Pickens Levin and Aimee Wise
The image of the horse can be traced through historical references and artistic interpretations as early as prehistoric cave art. More modern celebrations of the horse can fall under many categories – reverence of a war horse, appreciation of horse-drawn transportation, or understanding of the animal’s anatomy. Edythe’s depictions of equines might be filed specifically under the significant symbolism of the horse in the American west. These paintings by Aimee Wise, Edy Pickens Levin, Edythe S. Wise, and Nellie Brewer Wilson are by a lineage of women painters stemming from early pioneers and successful cattle ranchers, Nellie Brewer Wilson (1868-1920.) and Robert Wilson(1864-1942) of Campbell County Wyoming. The four ancestors chose to represent the horse in iconic and sentimental ways. The human/equine bond evoked in Nellie’s depiction of her beloved Dan is a common bond between human and animal that is empathized across generations. Perhaps Aimee tapped into that feeling when she completed Coach Horse, a commission she received from Edy, who curated Semler Brossy’s recent acquisition of work for their Los Angeles offices. Both Aimee and Edy chose graphic elements that reflect one another and resonate together in Coach Horse, Four Humours, and Blue Appaloosa. The multiple horse compositions in Somatic, Wyoming, and 8 Horses are reminiscent of one another. The vibrant complementary palette choices are also evident throughout these generations of painters.