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My portrait of the Superb fruit dove and other artworks are currently hanging in the beautiful Rosewood Hotel, London. Thank you to my UK gallery Purdy Hicks for organising it @rosewoodlondon @purdyhicksgallery
A bit of a long post so bear with me! Introducing a work entitled 'Frantic Romantic' that is very special to me. Named after a favourite song of mine by The Scientists. . This juvenile rescued Satin Bowerbird was rehabilitated by my friend & bird fanatic Josh Cook. Male Bowerbirds are the ultimate romantics. They spend their days creating and perfecting a bower to attract a lady. She judges his work and chooses her favourite installation. Their bower may include hundreds of shells, leaves, flowers, feathers, stones, berries & even discarded plastic items, coins, nails, rifle shells, or pieces of glass. . Photographing this bowerbird I was curious to see how strong his drive was for the colour blue, a favourite colour for many species of bowerbirds. We placed a small milk bottle ring on the perch and what unfolded was extraordinary: he looked down & his desire even while being photographed overtook him and he picked it up & looked down the lens. . This portrait says many things to me: that he sees beauty in what we discard; that a milk bottle ring is like a wedding ring; that there is a message humans about single use plastic. They see beauty but we all know the devastating effects it has had on our precious planet & to protect them we need to change our habits. And I simply see an artist who is driven to find love. I wonder what it says to you? . I am donating an edition to @noroartofmusic - a very special charity that uses music therapy to help people coping with a wide range of needs from physical and intellectual disability, autism, trauma, illness, dementia, behavioural discords and learning difficulties. . I was asked to choose an iconic Australian song to inspire an artwork. I chose the song ‘Frantic Romantic’ recorded in 1979 by Perth band (where I grew up) The Scientists. I couldn’t think of a better portrait for my chosen song. . ART OF MUSIC is one of the most talked about fundraisers in Sydney. Held every two years at the Art Gallery of NSW. I am honoured to be considered amongst such incredible artists. You can bid now on their work or buy tickets to the event. . Oh & the Bowerbird was successfully released back into the wild.
Final days to see my windows at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC which I believe will come down on the 5th of June. You can also see my artworks which are for sale hanging inside and up for many more weeks. If you’re in town I would love you to see them and the glorious building. Inside pics thanks to Kirsty Bruce.
Finally the rain has stopped and I can share a photo of one of the three windows that feature my work @Bergdorfs in New York City. The windows are up until 5th June. It feels like a public art show; I just love seeing people stop and look. Thank you for making it happen @lindafargo and @michelle_jank (Artworks on sale inside and through my galleries).
This Noisy Pitta is just one of the birds on show @bergdorfs in NYC. There are also 3 window displays that include my birds. I’m hoping to have photos to post soon! (It’s been raining so much there).The Noisy Pitta was photographed with the great wildlife, conservation and science team @tarongazoo
I’ve just returned from a week at @ontheperchbirdpark in Tathra, NSW Australia. Steve, one of the owners remembers loving birds from the age of 4. He met his wife Linda when they were 15 years old and they married at 19. Now in their 40s and four kids later, Linda and Steve Sass have realised a dream & opened up a bird wildlife park with large walk-through habitat aviaries. It’s a rare opportunity to see native birds up close… very close. The birds have adapted to people, are curious & a lot of fun to be with. It is a place for bird lovers & a stepping stone for those who yearn to learn more about wildlife. A wonderful link to help us understand why they are so precious and why we should protect them and their wild habitat. Thanks @simondavidsonphotographer for the photo.
I am excited to let you know that a large selection of my work is now on show at New York City’s iconic Bergdorf Goodman. @bergdorfs is an incredible department store in the heart of Manhattan in a building that takes your breath away. Inside are all kinds of treasures. My work is hanging on the 7th floor as part of their Spring Loft exhibiton and more work is on the 4th floor as part of the brilliant Linda’s shop @lindafargo. It is a huge honour. Inside pics by my good friend Kirsty Bruce.
This is a little snippet from my first ever video art piece that is currently playing at The Centennial Hotel in Woolahra, NSW Australia. From my Ornithurae series.
I came across this photo on my phone of me playing footsies with @penguinthemagpie She loved to lie on her back to wrestle. She is such a special bird & so is the Bloom family that took her in. This was the beginnings of how I was able to photograph her in the following portrait entitled Penguin no. 3.
A little native Squatter pigeon can surprise you with their beauty. I met him in northeastern Australia where he comfortably perched on my hand. Thank you to the wonderful Jeff Bray for introducing us. I print my portraits at 'human size' to help the viewer see them as equals… that is a species that also shares this extraordinary planet. Artworks available through @olsen_gallery @olsengruin