Anthropomorphism: the attribution of human characteristics or behaviour to an animal (or object). For generations, humans have portrayed various animal species as wise or wicked, friendly or fierce, bright or dull through literature and art.
Here are some characters by Oxfordshire Artweeks artists: on p xx, you can consider further whether the emotions and characteristics bestowed on each matches reality.
Jackdaws at St Davids, mixed media (watercolour & acrylic) by Amy Letts
£399 Contact Amy via amuletts.com
Two friendly donkeys, Daisy and Daffodil by Melanie Charles, mini framed fine art print with signature.
Your Inner Leo, an original oil painting by Danielle Carr.
£700. Instagram @danielle.carr.art
Wolf by Livio Lobo. Soft Pastels on velour paper.
Limited edition giclée print, £65 liviolobo.co.uk
Fox in the Snow, acrylics, by Amy Letts,
£240. Contact Amy via amuletts.com
British Crows by Jane Tomlinson, available as a signed print,
Madagascan tortoise with a box under the shell by Philippa Norris.
Porcelain, £45. philippanorrisceramics.co.uk
Stained-glass hare by Kerry Houghton.
Hand painted and kiln-fired, £125.00 klhglassdesigns.co.uk
Pips Wish, a field mouse by Colin Stokes.
Limited edition prints available in A3, A4 & A5 from £20 to £50 stokesyart.com
Bathing Monkey by Ed Helliwell. Black ink on paper with a digitally-created background.
A4 prints, £40 unframed. grandpontink.com
Crossing Wildebeest, Namibia, by King’s Sutton photographer David Bostock.
From £79 dpbfineartphotography.com
A Fox at Twilight, in which a benevolent fox flies over the gently sleeping city. Limited edition linoprint by Sophie Basilevitch.