An Art Show Dedicated to Ybor Chickens

Artist Lynn Rattray is inspired by the chickens as well as the community in this Tampa neighborhood. It shows in her portraits of Ybor chickens.

by Kenny Coogan
PHOTO: Kenny Coogan

Artist Lynn Rattray is so captivated by the population of wild chickens that live in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood (see our main story about Ybor City here) with the support of many residents that she had an art show titled “Chicken Dance … Ybor Style.”

The exhibition, which happened in February 2018, included dozens of portraits, each labeled with the bird’s name. She told patrons how to identify each one based on feather pattern and personality. She donated part of the sales to the Ybor Chickens Society.

Below are some of Rattray’s work from that exhibition and the names of the chickens portrayed. Visit Rattray’s website to see more of her artwork.

The Colonel

chicken painting the colonel
Lynn Rattray


chicken painting eddie
Lynn Rattray


Ybor chickens painting Goldie
Lynn Rattray

King Arthur

chicken painting king arthur
Lynn Rattray


Ybor chickens painting lancelot
Lynn Rattray

Maisie Mae

Ybor chickens painting lancelot
Lynn Rattray


chicken painting phoenix
Lynn Rattray

The Sentinel: Chicken Pants

chicken painting the sentinel chicken pants
Lynn Rattray

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Chickens magazine.

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