Artworks | Bird Art
Black Cockatoos - blown glass sculptures
Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, the endangered Carnaby’s Black, Baudins’ & Yellow Crested Cockatoos; the Palm Cockatoo and the Funeral Cockatoo
The BIRD motif can be found in much of my artwork. It’s been that way for a long time. The engagement with birds includes blown glass sculptures exploring the colours of species of Parrots and Birds of Paradise – some extinct, and others on the verge of extinction.
Before I began working in glass I was a painter. Now I paint as well as make glass. This has included figurative paintings of ‘new’ species of Bowerbirds doing their creative things, landscape paintings from a birds-eye view, and wild expressive pieces with an essence of ‘bird’.
The Futurist (2011) oil & acrylic on linen, 92cm H x 107cm W
Yellow Streaked Lory (2006)
acrylic on linen – 76cm H x 41cm W
A yellow streaked lory
Many of my glass sculptures are infused with bird imagery and themes. Other forms of sculpture have also been an important means of communication with my art, and have included sculptural installations illustrating the complex and creative mating performances of Bowerbird species.
“The Ways of Survival” – This was a sculptural installation at the Artscape Biennial in Byron Bay. It consisted of 2 oversized silhouette sculptures of both male and female bowerbirds of an imaginative future species located around a massive decorated bower.
Behind The Work
There’s considerable research behind this work. Along with visits to
the collection of bird skins at the Museum of Natural History in New York, there have been excursions to the largest collections of live parrots in the Canary Islands and Singapore. Living as I do in a sub-tropical rainforest environment with a very high degree of biodiversity, I’ve had 20+ years of close-up interaction with 100+ species of birds.
With Paul Sweet, the Collections Manager, Department of Ornithology, looking at the skins of the critically endangered (Australian) Coxen’s Fig Parrot, in the American Museum of Natural History, New York. (2010)
Eclectus Parrot (male) detail; wing feathers
My underlying intention with ‘the birds’ is conservation or regeneration. I’m curious about evolution. Are species continuing to evolve? Are there new species coming along? And I’m interested in the primitive notion of ‘increase’ – the occasions when a ceremony or an artefact or painting was used to initiate the ‘increase’ of a target species.
Marquesas Lory & abstraction
in glass sculpture
Gerhard Richter V. King Parrot abstracted ideas in blown glass sculpture of both the bird and painterly style of
The Sun Conure celebrated here in a water colour painting (left), and blown glass (far right)
In support of bird species, I am a member of Birdlife Australia, the Parrot Society of Australia and support Rainforest Rescue, and WWF.
Noel, with his painting - “Psittacine Structure”
exhibited at the Tweed River Art Gallery
Noel in his Studio
Scarlet Macaw & Blown Glass Sculpture
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