|Fred Tomaselli, Woodpecker, 2009, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond|
gouache, acrylic, photo collage and epoxy resin on wood, 72" x 72"
|Chris Allen, A Grand View, 2010, Stone, beads, fetish|
Photo from Pinterest, Bonin Smith
Back at SAAM, Fred Tomaselli's Woodpecker, is a large painting, but its smallest details are mesmerizing. Three of his other large paintings are also in the exhibition, all densely patterned. Tomaselli, originally from Santa Monica, California, recalls growing up with bright colors of Disneyland, but also is quite a naturalist, a bird watcher and a lover of fly fishing. Today an exhibition of his work opens at the Orange County Museum of Art.
|Ingrid Bernhardt, Chic Chick, 2014, 5" x 6" 4" papier-mâché, beads and feathers|
|Laurel Roth Hope, Regalia 63 x 40 x 22 in.|
© Laurel Roth Hope. Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris
|Laurel Roth Hope, Carolina Parokeet, crocheted yarn on |
hand-carved wood pigeon mannequin, Smithsonian
American Art Museum
|Laurel Hope Roth, Beauty, detail from the Peacock series photo from the website|
|Walton Ford, Eothen, 2001|
watercolor, gouache, and pencil and ink on paper
40 x 60 in.
The Cartin Collection
Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery
|Tom Uttech, Enassamishhinjijweian, 2009, oil on linen, 103" x112" Collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas|
© Tom Uttech. Image courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York. Photo by Steven Watson
The many manifestations of birds reminds us of all the roles they fulfill: the silent and the singing and the flying. We end up with a new, profound appreciation for nature, and the hope to protect its beauty, birds included. These exhibitions helped me to see the vastness of this world, as well as the minutia of its details.