Artwork: Richard Bledsoe


“Beast of Glass”
Richard Bledsoe oil on canvas 24″ x 36″

When I was painting this image, a forerunner of my Bestiary series, I was somewhat obsessed with the idea representing the uterus-it was important that the animal be female. Later I found out the hippopotamus was an ancient Egyptian fertility symbol.  A grinning gift from the collective unconscious, a rubenesque mammal wading in the milky sea.