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In the 1960s the Crested Pigeon was a rare inland bird. People would travel vast distances to catch a glimpse of this now common urban bird. Affectionately called the punk pigeon, "only in New Guinea and Australia do pigeons indulge in head ornaments" (Tim Low). It also has a unique whistling feather that can sound an alarm when it flies to notify the flock of possible danger. Exhibited in New York at Olsen Gruin Gallery now available through @olsengruin @olsen_gallery
Skye - the red-tailed black cockatoo was rescued as a chick by @kaarakin in Western Australia. She was rehabilitated by clinic volunteers but come release time she failed her behaviour test. She was too friendly - she had lost her wild ways. The birds that passed their tests are released in conjunction with Murdoch University & are tracked via a GPS. Skye is available through my galleries @OlsenGruin @olsen_gallery The real Skye now lives as an ambassador for her species on the grounds with others like her. They are a beautiful flock of birds full of character.
This is a great group exhibition 2 x 2 (+/-) NOW ON at the @olsen_gallery until 25 February. 2 x 2 refers to the size of the artworks ie 2 feet x 2 feet (plus or minus a bit). It’s a rare chance to see over 40 incredible artists represented by the gallery all at once, and the works are available at a relatively more affordable price because of the smaller scale. I wanted to buy them all.
Orange bellied parrot. A small, grass parrot which weighs less than 40 grams, returns from the mainland of Australia, across the wild seas of Bass Strait to its home in Tasmania to breed. Critically endangered but good people - field teams, volunteers, veterinary staff, researchers, recovery teams - all fighting for this tiny, feathered underdog. I photographed 'Blue' at @moonlitsanctuary Victoria where they run a crucial breeding programme. Scroll right to see from space just how much ocean this parrot crosses to get home. Visable Earth - NASA/Goddard. Limited edition of 14 artworks are available.
A scene that makes my heart sing. Every sunrise on Christmas Island tens of thousands of Boobies float out to sea. A mesmerising parade that stretches for miles, their enormous wings appear fixed like an aeroplane as air currents carry them for hundreds of kilometres away to feed. #christmasisland
Such beauty in nature. Prudence is a Moluccan cockatoo found in Eastern Indonesia. Artwork available through @olsen_gallery Sydney @olsengruin New York
Happy new year! It's back to work for me. I’m looking forward to meeting new subjects in 2018. Through the years I’ve worked with so many fascinating and gorgeous birds like @penguinthemagpie - This behind the scenes picture is by the amazing and talented @cambloom
There’s a beautiful town in California called Ojai (pronounced O-Hi) where I met Topper - a rescued Burrowing Owl. He was part of my Wounded Warriors series on Native American birds of prey. The @ojairaptorcenter is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation centre & exists only because people in the community donate. The #thomasfires is about to become California's largest wild fire. There is much to be sad about but the doors and hearts of this rescue centre remain open. Always remember there are good people doing extraordinary things & if you able to help them please do.
I published a book called Birdland in (Australia), Bird Love (USA, Canada, UK) in 2015. It is a fine art illustrated hard cover book that was an absolute labour of love. It should be stocked in all good bookshops and online if you are looking for a gift for someone that appreciates art or wildlife. If you live in Sydney I have also signed some copies @kinokuniya_sydney
Some birds just love the camera. Scratch the rescued Sulphur-crested cockatoo from the state of New South Wales, Australia is one such bird. Limited editions available through @olsengruin New York.
Final days to see this Noisy Pitta portrait which stands 2 metres tall as part of my exhibition @tarongazoo open until the end of November. You can meet the subject who lives in the rainforest aviary. He often stands in front of his portrait & is happy to sign autographs. #QBEMUSETaronga
After 3 years of hard work it’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone for attending my opening, viewing my exhibition and investing in my art. It took me 3 years to create the works for my New York ‘Ornithurae’ exhibition as well as many hard working people behind the scenes who helped make it happen. Cyril the Moluccan Cockatoo especially would love to say thank you. For any follow up enquiries please contact @olsengruin or @olsen_gallery
Final days to see my exhibition @olsengruin NYC until Sunday November 12th.