Often humorous and allegorical, Zach Bruder’s (b. 1984, Cleveland, OH) paintings involve animals, architecture, and anthropomorphism. His canvases revive familiar motifs, referencing folklore while finding new metaphors in simple objects and creatures. The source material, drawing from classical and vernacular mythology, is culled from the artist’s extensive archive of historic imagery. Addressing mythologies both cultural and personal, Bruder’s paintings offer multiple interpretations of religious and social narratives and urgent responses to the societal and political moment in which they were produced.