There is famous Russian saying: she would break into a burning house, she would stop the horse at gallop. That’s a description of a strong, almighty lady. Nowadays in the era of equality, we do have not only supermen but also superwomen. The women serve in army and police etc. However, there are some things women will never have a chance to try, cause those times are gone. A painter Felice House imagines what if women could be cowboys, on canvas.

Felice House: How A Female Cowboy Would Look Like

Reviewing Westerns

The series is called Re-Western. A painter says she has always been fond of Westerns, but infuriated with the way women are depicted in them. She started with reviewing movies like The Searchers; The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and High Noon. Then Felice House has chosen the most visually powerful scenes, where cowboys looked all powerful and independent and… turned them into women. Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly becomes Virginia Eastwood, James Dean in Giant turns into Stasha Dean. Canvases will be exposed in Blenheim Walk Gallery (Leeds) till March 24, 2017.

Felice House: How A Female Cowboy Would Look Like

The Characters

House’s style does not stand out much. The canvases are done in a classic technique, being taught in Shuler School of Fine Arts. What’s more important, is an artist’s message. House wanted to allow a woman to be as powerful as a man. What’s more important, she wanted to allow a woman be safely sexy. Her characters are desirable, though, but not accessible. This became her point of intersection with the artistic movement Women Painting Women.

Felice House: How A Female Cowboy Would Look Like

 

Women Painting Women

The web-site Women Painting Women occurred in 2009. Since then it has featured the work of hundreds of women painters from around the world. The founders of the movement—Alia El-Bermaani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri—noticed that shows were representing men painting images of women for other men. Women Painting Women explores how contemporary women painters are handling women as subjects. They also work not just like the online platform but exhibit their members regularly in different galleries worldwide.

Felice House: How A Female Cowboy Would Look Like

Felice House

Felice comes from a long line of artists. Her grandmother is an award-winning Vermont weaver, her mother is a painter and her father has worked in computer graphics since its inception. When she came to Art School she just knew what to do. She has quickly found the theme she was particularly interested in – women. On her web-site, one would find no man portrait. All her characters are women, beautiful and observable, but not consumable, as written in artist’s bio. Some series are more shocking, such as Re-Western one and War Women, which is probably the strongest. Some just charmingly show women little secrets, like eating giant cakes, or sorrows, like washing and pressing.

Felice House: How A Female Cowboy Would Look Like

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