Making Of: Scarlett Ibis

Having always looked towards the wilder side of the animal kingdom for inspiration I tried not to fly too far from the nest with the new collection of hand screen printed editions especially made for the Nelly Duff gallery in London.

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 bright Red flamed ruffled feathers of this print can only be the Scarlett Ibis, which sits perched on a silhouette of a thick branch, which is another recurring theme, running through both the Flamingo and the Ibis. The dark Gray background and the thick Black gloss overprint over the beak and tail of the Ibis makes this print very dark and majestic, making it a welcome addition to grace any wall.

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.