RE-WESTERN: Felice House’s Feminist Paintings Of Female Cowboys

Felice House is an accomplished figurative painter who strives, through her portraits of women, to provide a counterpoint to the passive representations found in art historical tradition. Her subjects are beautiful and observable, but they are not consumable. The Re-Western series offers a feminist interrogation of the western genre, featuring portraits of female cowboys. House explores the genre of Western cinema by placing female subjects in iconic roles from the time. James Dean in Giant becomes Julia Dean, Antonio Banderas in Desperado becomes Virginia Banderas and there’s even a version of John Wayne named Rebekah. House says she’s always been intrigued by the culture of the cowboy while simultaneously infuriated by the types of roles offered to women in the genre. So, she set out to examine gender-based power in the old timey West.

RE WESTERN: Felice Houses feminist paintings of female cowboys

RE WESTERN: Felice Houses feminist paintings of female cowboys

RE WESTERN: Felice Houses feminist paintings of female cowboys

RE WESTERN: Felice Houses feminist paintings of female cowboys

RE WESTERN: Felice Houses feminist paintings of female cowboys

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