Monday, November 21, 2011

Te Tohu

 
Te Tohu
Oil on Canvas
1750x1300mm
2002
Description




This bird portrait painting is of an Albatross. Its painted in multiple layers of pastel colour. The application is reminiscent of Cezanne's mark who has been an influence in my work. The intent for me though is to create a shifting sense of light and form. Futhermore, the title means "The sign" and in that respect I have integrated into the form of the bird a sign of a powerful spirit.

Status
Sold

Friday, December 3, 2010

Kokako Aria

Kokako Aria
Oil on Canvas
1200x1200mm
2009


Description
The painting  is of the Kokako which is a native bird of New Zealand. The bird is reknown for its beautiful bird call. The birds posture in the painting is like the diva of an opera before or perhaps after the final curtain call. In essence, all the combined elements are one as they allude to the mystical union of an Atua in nature.


Status
For Sale 

Takahe Chick


Takahe Chick
Oil/Gold Leaf on Board
1000x1200mm
2010

Description
Takahe Chick is a painting of a specimen at the Auckland Museum. The bird is preserved in its chick stage of evolution.Takahe's are an endangered New Zealand Bird endemic to New Zealand. Recent efforts to increase their numbers have been successful with some relocated to remote New Zealand Islands. The use of Gold Leaf adds a luminous element to the work. The use of Gold Leaf is from the influence of Religious Icon painting.


Status
For Sale



 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Seagull Bird Portrait

The Karanga
Oil on Canvas
1500x1750mm
2003

Description.
This portrait of a Seagull is a large format oil painting on canvas.The background was a wall from the Auckland Museum in which the specimen is contained.

Status.
For Sale

This painting and more like it can be seen on http://www.grantwhibley.com/

Whekau Bird Portrait


Whekau
Oil on Canvas
1050x1500mm
2009

Description.
This portrait of a Whekau is an oil on canvas.The Whekau was a native New Zealand Owl which was called the Laughing Owl by colonial settlers to New Zealand. The image is taken from a specimen at the Auckland Museum. Flecks of vivid green come through below the muted tones of  feathers to enliven surface and form.
Status.
For sale.

This painting and more like it can be seen on http://www.grantwhibley.com/





Friday, July 2, 2010

Fairy Tern Bird Portrait


Fairy Tern
Oil on Canvas
950x1300mm
2009

Description.
The Fairy Tern Portrait depicts one of the rarest birds in the world. Painted in oils on canvas with soft tones and pale colours, the portrait is unusual for me in that it references the outside world. There is a hand shadow on the bird symbolising the extremely tenuous existence of this bird. Tara-iti is the Maori name for the bird.

Status.
For sale

This painting and more like it can be seen on http://www.grantwhibley.com/












Friday, June 25, 2010

Huia Bird Portrait

"Te Huia o te Tomokanga"
Oil on Linen
1500x1500mm
2003
Description.
This is a large format oil painting on fine quality linen. It depicts the extinct Huia bird of New Zealand. The bird portrait image was sourced from a specimen at the Auckland Museum which is common for many of my images. The image is painted  in broad paint marks for the body and feathers, however, details have been picked out to emphasize the beak and eyes.

Status.
Sold

This painting and more like it can be seen on http://www.grantwhibley.com/