Andrea Kowch, "Courtiers," 2016, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 60 inches, RJD Gallery

by Kelly Compton

Look up toward the sky, or out of your window.  Chances are good you will spy a bird soon enough.  Though some humans share their homes with birds, all people are surrounded by these feathered creatures, and, though we may not regularly acknowledge it, out world would be a quieter, duller place without them.  In this section, we highlight the broad array of birds depicted by a flock of artists in recent years.  Many of these images transcend description or charm to underscore the more profound, even symbolist, meanings that we humans has assigned to birds over the centuries.

Michael Dicker, “Babel,” 2016, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches
Will Hemsley, “Descent (edition of 15),” 2009, bronze, 7 x 4 x 4 ft.
Kat Houseman, “Red Sun Wren,” 2016, oil and copper leaf on canvas, 12 x 12 inches
Anni Crouter, “Spooked,” 2015, watercolor on paper, 19 x 24 inches
Michael Dumas, “High Summer (Yellow Warbler),” 2015, oil on birch, 7 x 5 inches
Rob Rey, “Bioluminescence IV,” 2016, oil on board, 18 x 24 inches
Paul Rhymer, “Rant and Skeptic (edition of 25),” 2013, bronze, wood and steel, 72 x 40 x 24 inches
Shawn Gould, “Aspen Embrace,” 2017, acrylic on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Kent Ullberg, “Mind and Passion,” 2016, bronze and stainless steel,” 26-1/2 x 17-1/2 x 6 inches
Ezra Tucker, “American Kestrel,” 2016, acrylic on board, 11 x 15 inches
Terry Miller, “Preserve and Protect,” 2013, graphite on board, 7-3/4 x 18 inches
Carol Guzman, “Crabapple Pie,” 2016, oil on linen on board, 11 x 14 inches
Thomas Broadbent, “Feeding Birds 2,” 2012, watercolor on pap
Jacob A. Pfeiffer, “Full Spectrum,” 2015, oil on panel, 8 x 22 inches
Mary Alayne Thomas, “The Reader,” 2016, encaustic on board, 10 x 10 inches
Kathryn Mapes Turner, “Lady,” 2012, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Ryan D. Jacque, “End of Summer,” 2005, pencil on paper, 15 x 18 inches
Jan Stommes, “Moving On,” 2017, oil on canvas, 3 x 4 ft.
Sarah Lamb, “A Brace of Quail,” 2012, oil on linen, 22 x 20 inches
Brad Woodfin, “Frédéric,” 2016, oil on panel, 16 x 12 inches
Ann Moeller Stevenson, “Above the Storm,” 2017, oil on aluminum panel, 14 x 11 inches
Helena van Emmerik-finn, “3 Geese,” 2017, pastel on paper, 20 x 12 inches
Ben Steele, “Poe’s Crows,” 2014, oil on canvas, 44 x 34 inches
Stanka Kordic, “Truth and Knowledge,” 2015, oil on aluminum, 12 x 12 inches
Mark Eberhard, “Red Tail Hawk,” 2017, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
Bart Walter, “The Critics,” 2007, bronze, 41 x 61 x 34 inches
Ellen Fuller, “Sandhill Cranes,” 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 72 inches

This is an excerpt from “Avian Art Takes Flight”. Find the full article in the September / October 2017 Edition of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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