TAXIDERMY SKETCHES

I made a series of pencil sketches and photos of ornithological and entomological specimens from the Natural History Museum in London and Barcelona as well as The London Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Historically, taxidermy played a role in promoting wildlife conservation and was the only way that people could look at wild and tropical creatures from other continents. However, its role is less clear. This dilemma has become the inspiration for my latest project concerning the ephemeral beauty of nature. Having spent the summer analysing, drawing and painting these creatures, I have decided to put these creatures at the centre of my project, which looks at how they have shaped our human world in so far as we constantly copy and borrow their forms, their colours and textures and adapt them our human world.

Sketch of antique scorpion from a collection at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Sketch of antique scorpion from a collection at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Sketch of death head's hawksmoths - the name refers to the small skull shaped patterns on their thorax
Sketch of death head’s hawksmoths – the name refers to the small skull shaped patterns on their thorax
Northern goshawk skin
Northern goshawk skin
Red breasted bullfinch skins
Red breasted bullfinch skins
Irina Starkova
European Kestrel skins at NHM
Golden Eagle chicks from the ornithology collection at the NHM
Golden Eagle chicks from the ornithology collection at the NHM
Sketch of bald eagle skeleton
Sketch of bald eagle skeleton
Eagle chick skin
Eagle chick skin
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1 Comment

  1. I bought your ‘Aviary’ painting last year. It’s on the wall in our living room and both my wife and I love it. As time goes by we grow fonder and fonder of it. When people come they either dislike it or are entranced by it – but whatever – it never fails to make an impression. When I get pompous about it I see it as being on a historical continuum. It is the 21st century’s equivalent of the pictorial inventories of natural history artists like Ernst Haeckel and Albertus Seba. Thank you for it.

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