Having always looked towards the wilder side of the animal kingdom for inspiration as mentioned in the ‘Left with the Unicorns’ blog post, I knew that I was going to be working on a bird theme collection of prints for the next few months at least. When I heard the news that these were potentially going to be launched by Nelly Duff at their “Zoo” themed room for Pick Me Up fair, the pressure was on and I knew they had to be special and maybe something that I had never done before- lets say I was feeling slightly out of my comfort zone. If you have read the ‘Unicorns’ post, you will know that this version of the Flamingo is the second one which I reflects my personality a little more. Where in the last one, as nice as it was, maybe I was too influenced or even haunted by the history of the past.
With some classical references and taking inspiration from the likes of John Audubon and Basil Ede, I wanted to make artwork that echoed the atmosphere and composition of the original illustrations and give them a new lease of life through digital rendition and screen printing techniques, especially focusing on various processes and finishes to make these birds really sing.
The fist two birds in the collection are specially produced are launched by Nelly Duff in this years Pick Me Up show in Somerset House. Audubon’s classic Reddish Pink flamingo has been given a major rework, with a composition that is reminiscent of “the land of the giants” with a small hint of detail on how some of these birds can now only be seen in captivity and not in their natural habitat like Audubon and his predecessors had the privilege of observing. Again, this is offset by my classic trademark use of acidic Pink and Black Glitter printed on recycled speckled paper with the apt title FlamingoRama.
To view these birds in their new natural habitat, Pick Me Up- Contemporary Graphic Art Fair runs from the 22 March – 1 April. The prints can also be viewed after the show at Nelly Duff gallery.
I will be posting some behind the scene photographs and commentary on Nelly Duff’s ZOO room for Pick Me Up in the next blog post soon xx