Mixed Media on canvas, stretched and ready to hang.
Signed on the front.
Blue Bonnet Parrots are a beautiful inland parrot species, and not a visitor to my home here on the Gold Coast, but the colours of their plumage seemed ideal for this painting. I have grouped them with a couple of Striated Pardalotes, lovely little birds which are found around the Gold Coast, and also in the dryer areas.
Layers of colour and pattern underlie my paintings, often combining natural plant forms with other elements from different times and cultures. My work brings together a diverse range of influences including Asian philosophy and traditional art, textile pattern, bird-watching and the phenomenology of perception. The work goes through a number of processes. Firstly, I create an abstract colour background with fluid paint or ink to create organic effects. Then I work with my ever growing library of custom made stencils and masks – sometimes plant forms, sometimes abstract or classical patterns. In creating these backgrounds, which I think of as abstract paintings in their own right, I try to build up interesting layers of forms, patterns and colours, so that the eye looks through depths of space, and nothing is fully grasped in the instant. When I am happy with the background, then it is time to consider what bird subject it suggests to me. I paint the birds as realistically as my skills permit. I enjoy the contrast of a realistically detailed and modeled bird “popping” out of an abstract painting. . I rarely know at the beginning what the final painting will look like. There is a lot of chance in my work, and I enjoy that.
Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas
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Stretched and ready to hang
This artwork is currently stretched and ready to hang.