Deb Kirkeeide has had a love of art since childhood which led her to pursue a career in the world of commercial art with experience in the giftware, display, print and video industries.
Deb is mostly self taught, but in 2005 a class in Impressionist oil painting led her to a plein air workshop with Minnesota artist Reid Galey.
The trip turned out to be her artistic and personal epiphany and after a week of total immersion into art she came away with an awakened sense of passion for painting and nature and she has been committed to her painting ever since.
Deb currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and aims to paint every day. You can see her latest paintings over on her blog, some of which are available to buy.
Paul Calderwood who is based in Edinburgh created these gorgeous collages using public domain images from bird and natural history books from the late 1800s and early 1900s. He cut them up digitally and composited using Photoshop.
Paul is fascinated by birds and spends a lot of time taking photographs of them in and around Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. He is a member of the RSPB and regularly visits reserves and does what he can to contribute towards conservation.
As he’s learnt more about birds he was amazed to find out about the lengths some birds will go to to furnish their nests with coloured objects and for this series entitled Treasured thought it would be fun to mix colourful elements and species to create a fictional world of birds and ‘treasured’ objects that they might use for decoration. Each bird is depicted with an embellished perch and a hoard of interesting artefacts such as jewels, flowers, seashells and polished stones.
You can see more of Paul’s work here and check out his lovely photographs on Flickr.
Kristiaan der Nederlanden is a Dutch illustrator, living in Amsterdam. He graduated in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Amsterdam and has been working since 2002 as a freelance illustrator.
Some of his clients include Vodafone, IBM and Fiat. This set of three bird illustrations was a personal project dedicated to his love of birds.
Portland based Hilary Pfeifer made this art installation called Save Our Souls for The Recycled Rain Project, an annual art show that aims to raise awareness of water issues.
Hilary has previously used the motif of a walking stick in her work so when she was asked to take part in the project she immediately thought of rain sticks and leaned that the Aztecs used them as a ceremonial tool for bringing rain to their crops.
She also incorporated nine songbirds that were featured in the Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report, which made the claim that half of the US’s birds will be extinct by that year 2080 if action is not taken.
You can find out more about what Hilary is up to on her website.
Tom Hill originally hails from London, but now lives and works in San Francisco, where he will debut new birds in his upcoming solo exhibition at Velvet da Vinci gallery.
For this new series, simply titled “Birds, Tom wanted to experiment with the way he typically uses wire material, giving his birds a more lightness and “featheriness”, as he describes it, in spite of the sturdiness of the materials.
“The challenge of making a piece balance both physically and aesthetically, the suggestion of strength and lightness; always the feeling that the bird may be just about to take flight and disappear from view.”
Tom Hill’s “Birds” will be on view at Velvet da Vinci gallery San Francisco from January 22nd through February 28th, 2016.
Auckland artist Jeremy Kyle has developed a unique style over the years, working in watercolour and ink mixed media to create stand out work in visual communication.
His style is known for its splatters and intricate linework creating highly detailed and dynamic pieces of art applicable in any area of the industry. Jeremy’s skills have been sought after on international levels, having worked for powerhouse brands such as Under Armour, Dior, 2pac Brand and Remix Magazine.
You can see more of what Jeremy is up to over on his Facebook page.
Roman painter and muralist, Hitnes, is embarking on an epic three-month journey that will channel the artistic works of ornithologist, painter and explorer, John James Audubon.
Inspired by Audubon’s legacy, from late July to late October 2015, Hitnes, The Image Hunter, accompanied by filmmaker Giacomo Agnetti of the Magic Mind Corporation, will travel along Audubon’s 1830s exploratory paths to retrace and rediscover the nation that he traversed in the making of his famous book, “The Birds of America.”
Hidden deep inside the Indonesian jungle lies an enchanted ‘church’ which looks like a giant chicken.
The long-abandoned structure known locally as Gereja Ayam – or Chicken Church – attracts hundreds of curious travelers and photographers to the hills of Magelang, Central Java, every year.
But according to the its eccentric creator, the majestic building is neither a chicken nor a church.
Daniel Alamsjah was working in Jakarta – 342 miles away – when he suddenly got a divine message from God to build a ‘prayer house’ in the form of a dove.
‘Perhaps because of my Christian faith, people thought I was building a church. But it’s not a church. I was building a prayer house… a place for people who believe in God,’ the 67-year-old told Jakarta Globe.
In 1989, he was walking through the Magelang, where his wife’s family live, when he caught sight of the exact same landscape he had seen in his dreams.
‘I prayed all night there and I got a revelation that I must build the prayer house in that spot,’ he said.
One year later, local land owners offered him the 3,000 square metres of land on Rhema Hill for just two million rupees – or £110 – which he paid off over four years.
Now people of many different religions – including Buddhists, Muslims and Christians – travel to the remote ‘prayer house’ to worship in their own way.
The MuralGoes Festival is kicking off with a brilliant new piece which was just completed by Super-A on the streets of Goes. The 32 meter piece was created ahead of the festival’s start which will be taking place from the 1st to 10th of July.
Stefan Thelen aka Super-A brought to life this impressive artwork which is showing a vibrant and oversized pigeon.
Zack Mclauglin is an artist based in London who has had a lifelong fascination with the natural world. He has explored different kinds of 3D model making including theses realistic birds made from wood and cut paper leaves.
You can see more of Zack’s work in his shop Paper&Wood.
London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin constructs uncannily realistic birds made from wood and cut paper leaves. A lifelong fascination with the natural world lead Mclaughlin to explore different kinds of 3d model making, first starting with wire and then moving into the more realistic sculptures you see here. You can see more of his recent work on DeviantArt and in his shop. (via Lustik)
Boston born Zack Seckler currently resides in New York. He studied psychology at Syracuse but has since discovered photography.
For this series of birds his vision was to create images as if a child had imagined the. Inspired by the aesthetics of John James Audubon and Henri Rousseau, he created a series of nine illustrative images.
Each photograph is comprised of multiple exposures shot both in and out of the studio; from locations as varied as Hawaii, Japan, Costa Rica and Bermuda. Over the course of two months, seventy-five individual images were selected out of thousands and then combined in post to create the final collection.
Zack said of the first time he saw animals in real life, “When I actually saw the animals in zoos it was nice – but they never lived up to what I saw in my books. Nothing beats imagination right”
You can see more of Zack’s work over on Instagram.
Croatian artist Lonac recently took advantage of a sunny dry weather in his hometown of Zagreb to paint a mural. Mixing his impressive skills for producing photo realistic work along with surrealist imagery and distinctive imagination, the work featured his trademark “gun bird”.
The piece shows a colorful and confused hummingbird facing a barrel of a gun which is actually the head of a massive black crow-like bird. “Ambush” cleverly incorporates the ivy bush and the brick wall texture into the whole image, providing a natural element for the piece.
Graham McGeorge was born in Dumfries, Scotland but now lives in America where is he a member of the North American Nature Photography Association
Graham has had his work published in numerous countries around the world, including such publications as National Geographic, NY Times Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, FOCUS Magazine, Esquire Magazine, along with editor’s recognition from National Geographic online and National Geographic stock photography.
A birdhouse designed by Ryan Bruxvoort resembles a piece of modernist architecture. Constructed from maple and inspired by wooden architecture projects of a much larger scale, the curved creation appears to float in mid-air.
Ryan told Design Boom, “My goal is to create a shelter that complements its environment while at the same time attracting sparrows to inhabit it. Ultimately I wish for this to culminate into a form that shows empathy for the sparrow, in a serene, carefully crafted manner. This led to the development of a delicate, almost fragile look that has been constructed in a manner that affords tremendous structural integrity. This light yet resilient quality of the house is to be reflective of the sparrow itself.’
These striking illustrations of birds were drawn by Suzy Sharpe, an artist based in Cornwall, UK, whose work includes painting, drawing, printmaking and installation.
In her work Suzy attempts to create a dialogue around the human and animal relationship against the backdrop of a society in which the distance between them seems ever increasing.
Suzy says, “My Father was a butcher and I currently live on a smallholding in rural Cornwall where a variety of non human animals, including livestock, pets and wildlife punctuate my days and inspire my work. Issues relating to food, farming, wildlife, pet keeping and the effects that humans have on the environment are always at the for front of my mind and research. Using my work as a vehicle I explore, question and celebrate the relationships between humans, animals and the environment that we share.”
Suzy’s work is available to buy in her Etsy shop and you can see more of what she is up to over on her Facebook page.
Jacub Gagnon claims that the only way a kid can survive life in a small town is through imagination. Many years later after he had moved to a big city, grown up, studied art and graduated he realised that imagination is essential no matter what the scenery is and no matter what age.
Jacub currently works as an artist in Toronto, Canada and creates images that question and entertain the discussion of connectivity.
He presents animals and objects in bizarre manners, placing them in scenes that oppose practicality so his paintings become a space where nature becomes unnatural. Using small brushes and handling them as he would a pencil, Jacub is able to achieve an illustrative quality that edges into the peculiar world of pop surrealism.
Kimberly Applegate paints chairs. In fact she has been painting a chair nearly every day for over 8 years and the result is a collection of paintings that is humorous, quirky and fun.
Kimberly graduated from from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1999 and participated in the New York Studio Program through Parsons. She is currently based in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Kimblery says, “To me, there’s a story in every chair. We spend so much time in them. A chair is a place to collapse at the end of the day. We turn to them to read our favorite book, email friends, write journal entries, watch movies, or sometimes simply take in the view around us.”
Colin Woolf is a wildlife painter living in West Lothian, Scotland. Self-taught, Colin works in pure watercolour and has been earning a living from painting for the last 25 years.
In these paintings of birds on water Colin has captured the beauty and majesty of the birds and the transient light of the landscape. He says, “To me, a work of art should satisfy two criteria: it should be beautiful, in the opinion of the beholder, and it should exhibit some degree of talent, which means that it should be beyond the means of most people to reproduce it. I know from my own work that I actually have very little control over what I produce – there is another force at work which I cannot fully explain.”
Colin’s work is available to purchase on his website.
Lucas Bois describes himself as a photographer, cyclist, cook, ukulele player, back-packer and collector of good friends. When he was 12 he found a Prakitca MTL3 and discovered it was a machine capable of capturing lives. Since then photography has become a lively and intriguing element in his life and he graduated from the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais with a degree in Photography and Media.
Currently residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this atmospheric series of photographs of birds was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds.
Adorning the scuffed covers of long-forgotten ledgers, Nancy Rose Taplin’s delicate paintings of birds evoke both transience and timelessness. The foxed and blotted surfaces provide an almost topographical habitat that Nancy feels only right to populate with birds.
Nancy was born in 1980, the daughter of sculptor Guy Taplin, and ceramicist Robina Jack. She began painting in 2010, and since then she has become increasingly absorbed in the process. She recently moved from the Essex coast to London, where she is enjoying producing new work in her studio in Hackney.
Nancy says, “When I first started painting, I used photos as a reference guide, but as I’ve become more confident my work’s taken on a stylised element, a sort of refined reality. I still love to watch birds though, to get a sense of their personalities. It never fails to surprise me how birds’ characters seem to vary from species to species, and I try to capture something of this in my paintings. Dad’s obsession with the natural world has definitely rubbed off on me.”
Art major Elaine Alpers currently studying at the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, created this series of drawings entitled Matthew 10:29-31.
The work is inspired by the verse which reads, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
“It’s a mixed media piece of birds drawn with charcoal on burned wood,” said Elaine. The burned wood represents illness and death, and the image of a bird in flight represents new life and hope.”
The piece won People’s Choice Award at the Avera McKennan Employee and Family Art Show.
Although the flocks of birds are not the main subject in these beautiful paintings by Chicago based artist Tim Jarosz, they add another dimension to the series of cityscapes.
Tim says, “I add the birds (always pigeons) to add a bit of life and movement in to my work which can sometimes be stagnant with the focus always being on architecture. The pigeons are home to most cities and I feel they fit with what I am trying to express in my work.”
The Cuckoo X Clock by Haoshi Design is a modern take on the traditional model of a cuckoo clock.
The design studio based in Taipei, Taiwan, have added two birds to the clock which meet each hour so they can keep each other company. They say, “In traditional models, cuckoo clocks have only one diligent bird to tell time, which in our opinion is a little lonely.”
The battery-powered clock is made of resin and one of the birds is in the clock perched on the side and the other is on the wall facing the clock.
Based in Yerevan, Armenia, Suren Manvelyan’s series of close-ups of the human eye have been featured in many publications worldwide. His latest series of close-ups of animal eyes, including those of birds, is continuing to get huge amounts of coverage.
In parallel to photography, for the past ten years Suren has also enjoyed teaching physics, mathematics, projective geometry and astronomy at the Yerevan Waldorf School. From 1997 to 2011 he served as a scientific researcher at the Institute for Physical Research of National Academy of Sciences.
You can see more of what Suren is up to over on his Facebook page.
The internet is fond of mash-ups. We’ve had Dirds, Birds With Arms and now Sarah DeRemer, a Los Angeles born artist now based in Seoul, South Korea, has created a series of digital artworks entitled Animal Food.
Sarah says, “We’re not sure if we could actually stomach eating a bananake. Either way, I love these strange new members of the food chain.”
Bex Glover is a a graphic designer and illustrator working in both digital and physical mediums who works from Severn Studios in Bristol, UK.
Bex is also a painter who works on private and public commissions from hand painted murals to skateboards and even shoes. Her vibrant and stylised artwork and illustration has been featured in fashion projects, magazines, books, animations, packaging, apparel and interior decoration and is inspired by and often features nature, fashion and lifestyle themes.
These paintings were created for Bex’s Fragmented Nature exhibition at the Paper Gallery in Bristol. In them Bex has deconstructed the organic world, to explore shape, geometry, intersecting lines and the fusion of foreground and background elements in vibrant colour palettes and atmospheric layers.
Joseph Alexander Goode is an artist based in Hackney, UK with a flair for eccentricity and a mischievous outlook on life.
The Cygnus Papilio artwork is a collection of assemblage pieces created by foraging through thousands of vintage publications of long-forgotten etchings and paintings. Joseph captures the images digitally and then individually imports them as single layers into the master artwork, which comprises many hundreds of other such layers. Backgrounds, overlays & typographic elements are added to the piece, which is finally formatted for printing. The whole process can take several hundred hours.
One of his pieces has been described as a “Victorian acid trip” and Joseph says, “I’ve tried to focus on beauty in its purest form, and to explore the essence of what we find visually appealing. It’s an incredibly deep & complex science, which nobody fully understands, but it’s important to me to try to push the boundaries of how we define beauty.”
You can see more of what Joseph is up to over on his Facebook page.
Marcello Barenghi was born and raised in Milan, Italy. His early career was as an illustrator but with the demise of traditional illustration he decided to retrain as an architect.
20 years later he was inspired by a 3D illusion video he watched online and began to draw again concentrating on hyperrealism but with his own unique style. Marcello uploads videos of himself creating his artwork to document the drawing process. He uses coloured pencils as well as watercolours and tattoo markers in his work and the finished drawings have a 3D effect which sets them apart from other hyperrealistic drawings.
Marcello says, “My drawings are not perfect, I’m never happy with the result, I often get angry because I can see a lot of flaws that I always hope to correct in the next work. However, limitations and imperfections represent the style and anyone who has a keen eye will always identify my drawings, without the need to look at the signature.”
Michael Poliza is an award winning photographer based in Hamburg, Germany specialising in wildlife and nature photography.
He travelled to the great lakes of Africa to capture the amazing spectacle of millions of flamingos from above. The lakes are brightly coloured from algae that rises to the surface in calm weather, or rich mineral and salt content, and are renowned for the number of flamingos they support. The pink feathers of the flamingos caused by pigment in their food supply contrast beautifully with the intense blues and greens of the water.
Michael says “Discovering and travelling are my passion. I love to be in nature, away from any sign of civilization. Photography taught me to engage in tranquillity again and to wait patiently for a special moment for days in order to understand the rhythm of the wild.”
Michael has recently opened an online shop where you can buy prints of his work.
La Petite Mort is a series of richly coloured still life oil paintings depicting dead birds with flowers.
Painted by Kate Knight, an artist based in Kent, UK, they aim to express the aesthetics of desire, sex and death. Embedded beneath the layers or paint are scars and scratches, flaws from the process of making.
Kate says, “These marks are exposed, a contradiction is communicated. The ground, colour, composition, forms a series of painterly graphic signs aim to evoke a narrative whether epic or fleeting and this implied narrative helps me guide idea with process.”
Kate studied for a BA in Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art and design and was selected as the runner up for the Marmite Prize for Painting 2010.
After Tamara Staples’ uncle took her to a poultry show twenty years ago she developed a fascination with chickens that led her to begin photographing them in an attempt to capture their beauty and personalities.
Her first book, The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens, was published in 2001 and her second book of chicken portraits, The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl, from which the photographs below are taken, was published in the spring of 2013.
Tamara says, “My intent in photographing these birds was to create a portrait. I have great respect for their profound history, the utilitarian aspect of their physiology, and the care and passion that goes into the breeding of each variety.”
Lucy Large graduated from Camberwell College or Art in South London, UK in 2001.
Her sculptures of birds are made from fine aluminium mesh finished with enamel spray-paint and housed in glass-fronted boxes. Lucy’s work considers the relationship between the three dimensional object and the picture frame, exploring the theatre and potential for storytelling provided by a sculpture in a box.