ABCDogs & 'Strigiformes'
July 17th until end of August 2012
The thought process of deciding which dogs to paint for an exhibition, leads to a classification system, in this case the alphabet.
Through classification humans attempt to make order from nature:
Animal - Mammal - Carnivora - Canidae (Dog Like Mammals) - Canini (related to wolves).
Dogs: Terriers, Hounds, Working, Toy, Sporting, Utility, Pastoral.
Terriers: Jack Russell, Yorkshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, West Highland
… the list goes on!
A common application of alliteration is in books intended for children learning about letters, or for characters in a story book. In Walsh's exhibition it is applied to the titles of her paintings (dog breed and background colour), adding a sense of poetry to the exhibition.
Strigiformes are the order of birds to which owls belong.
Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes; a downward curved beak and a flat face.
Most owls are nocturnal, actively hunting their prey only in darkness. Several types of owl, however, are crepuscular—active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk; A few owls are active during the day also.
It has been considered that eye colour is related to when the owl hunts, dark (nocturnal), Orange (dusk/dawn), Yellowish (daytime), but there is no real correlation that has been found.
These are unique pieces using mix media and taxidermy materials to create engaging and transfixing paintings, capturing the enigmatic air of mystery which surrounds these nocturnal birds.
For more information or if you are interested in purchasing any of the works please contact Anna Walsh:
Twitter - @annawalshartist
A. Afghan in Apple 10 x 8 inches oil on canvas
A selection of owls on show, each one 5 x 3 inches oil on canvas with mixed media