Let me ask you a question. Are you a bird lover? If your answer is yes, then you will love what I have for you today! Chris Maynard, Washington based artist, creates surreal bird scenes made out of cut feathers called Shadowboxes. His unique feather artworks are recognized by bird lovers, art collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. Amazing technique Chris invented does a wonderful job of depicting the silhouettes of birds as they sing, perch, fly and plummet across the finest archival cotton paper. Chris has worked with feathers since he was twelve, using tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses passed down through his family. He acquires feathers used for his artwork mostly from zoos and private aviaries. Although he only has time to turn a small portion of his ideas, they are all quite astounding. Let’s take a look.
My work with feathers gives me a satisfying perch from which to view the world.
Kinesthetics-feeling of movement, birds as seen in the natural world, themes associated with feathers like flight and transformation and hopeinspire me greatly.
I developed this tecnique myself to honor the feathers.
Soon I will have a solo museum show at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum in the Seattle area. There will be two large wall installations plus my original art in shadowboxes.
Feather Shadowboxes Soaring High!
Maynard combines his strong backgrounds in biology and ecology into his art. Furthermore his work includes tabletop book and engaging and informative talks on the beauty, function, and meaning of feathers. To see more of Chris’s work you can find him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Many of these original works are available for purchase through galleries or directly from Chris Maynard. Finally, I would like to invite you to share your thoughts on this art collection in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Chris Maynard.