Regent Parrot

Regent Parrot

ORIGINAL ARTWORK, 2013

Product Description

ABOUT

An original illustration by Brendon Marczan, Regent Parrot is made using ink, pencil and watercolour pigment on Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper.

This artwork is also available as a limited edition print.

MEASUREMENTS

1150mm Wide x 1000mm High

STORY

This series arose from an encounter with a friend’s five-year-old daughter just before Christmas. The arrival of Christmas beetles was a big part of the holiday build-up when I was a kid in the Sydney suburbs. The metallic beetles would buzz around us at barbecues, sometimes sticking to our skin, hair or clothes with their hook-like legs. They were friendly, harmless and beautiful creatures: large gold bugs, with dashes of blue-green and sometimes purple, like airborne Christmas-tree baubles.

But this child had never seen one. Had they disappeared? Hadn’t I noticed?

It turns out that beetle numbers are in decline because of drought and habitat loss. I began to feel sentimental about my childhood, sad that the beetles were going and that this child didn’t know them, and disappointed that I hadn’t paid attention. I hadn’t really appreciated the nature around me as a child, but now I recalled not just the beetles but also possums, snakes and foxes.

The Endangered series works through ideas of sadness: sadness about falling numbers of these wonderful animals, but also sadness about the missed connections and disappointments of growing up and family life. When I told that little girl about the Christmas beetles, I felt a link to my grandparents and rediscovered experiences I didn’t notice at the time.

The pieces take ages – I worked on Possum for three months – but I love doing them and figuring out the detail and colours. I drew the beetles from life, thanks to a friend catching me a specimen in his garden. Well, I say life, but sadly the model died because I didn’t know how to feed it properly – another layer of sadness.

Additional Information

Product Type

Original Artwork

Framed

Framed

Glass Code

Denglass 70%

Product Description

ABOUT

An original illustration by Brendon Marczan, Regent Parrot is made using ink, pencil and watercolour pigment on Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper.

This artwork is also available as a limited edition print.

MEASUREMENTS

1150mm Wide x 1000mm High

STORY

This series arose from an encounter with a friend’s five-year-old daughter just before Christmas. The arrival of Christmas beetles was a big part of the holiday build-up when I was a kid in the Sydney suburbs. The metallic beetles would buzz around us at barbecues, sometimes sticking to our skin, hair or clothes with their hook-like legs. They were friendly, harmless and beautiful creatures: large gold bugs, with dashes of blue-green and sometimes purple, like airborne Christmas-tree baubles.

But this child had never seen one. Had they disappeared? Hadn’t I noticed?

It turns out that beetle numbers are in decline because of drought and habitat loss. I began to feel sentimental about my childhood, sad that the beetles were going and that this child didn’t know them, and disappointed that I hadn’t paid attention. I hadn’t really appreciated the nature around me as a child, but now I recalled not just the beetles but also possums, snakes and foxes.

The Endangered series works through ideas of sadness: sadness about falling numbers of these wonderful animals, but also sadness about the missed connections and disappointments of growing up and family life. When I told that little girl about the Christmas beetles, I felt a link to my grandparents and rediscovered experiences I didn’t notice at the time.

The pieces take ages – I worked on Possum for three months – but I love doing them and figuring out the detail and colours. I drew the beetles from life, thanks to a friend catching me a specimen in his garden. Well, I say life, but sadly the model died because I didn’t know how to feed it properly – another layer of sadness.

Additional Information

Product Type

Original Artwork

Framed

Framed

Glass Code

Denglass 70%

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