If you’re looking for a bird print to bring your home or art collection to life, bird prints by Kristjana S Williams are a good place to start. Kristjana creates fantastical fusions of flora and fauna in her illustrated prints. Akari (red cold) and Niko (red child) - Silk print exploration, for example, shows the anthropomorphism of two tropical birds, draped in cloaks adorned with oriental flowers.
Carl Moore’s Magpie - Brown is part of a ‘Dripsters’ print series which shows animals morphing into droplets of paint which seem to slide down the canvas. Moore’s animal prints are often a neat blend of pathos and comedy, with bright, striking colours used to draw onlookers in.
For those on a smaller budget, Earthbound by Marion McConaghie would make a valuable addition to any bird print collection. The limited-edition print is a fine example of McConaghie’s signature sketchy style, inspired by her fascination with freedom, movement and liberation.
James Audubon’s bird prints from the 1800s are often seen as the archetype of wildlife illustration and were perhaps the starting point for artists using animals in art as a window to the natural world.
Cubist and futurist artists captured the flight of the modern world using abstract bird paintings to symbolise the movement and transformation of the industrial revolution. As an example, Italian artist Giacomo Balla, a founding member of the futurism movement, used birds as a motif to explore themes of speed, movement and flight during the rise of modern technology and science in the early 1900s.
Impressionist artists tended to use birds as a means to explore light and movement in nature. The Magpie by impressionist painter Claude Monet is an earlier example of bird paintings. The Magpie is one of the first pieces by Monet where he uses colour to show shadow, a principal impressionistic method used to capture the impermanence and fluidity of light and dark as seen in nature.