Artwork Description

Acrylic on paper

Signed on the front.

The eight piece in my Australian songbords series painted on vintage book pages is the White-Naped Honeyeater. They are a medium sized honeyeater found in regions of eastern Australia in eucalypt woodlands where they forage for nectar from various flowers and also feed on invertebrates.

My current work seeks to accurately portray ornithological subjects using vintage book pages as both the inspiration and substrate onto which the birds are depicted. While the birds are depicted in a realistic manner the work retains a painterly quality with a combination of fine detail and evident brushwork.
The use of vintage book pages as the substrate brings an underlying story to the piece through the history of the books themselves which is often evident in the imperfect nature of the paper with blemishes, marks and creases.
My technique involves painting in thin layers building up the form with layered feather details. At times some of the text may show through the paint in an almost shadowy way that binds the bird to the page but also contributes to the underlying feather details.
While the birds in some works can have an easily identifiable, even a direct link to the page content (as an example depicting a bird using the identification page from a field guide) others can have more discrete and even an intangible relationship to the page contents.
The works are created in acrylic.

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Acrylic on vintage book page mounted on archival matt board

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Craig Williams

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