This artwork highlights nine birds classified as nationally critical from New Zealand’s list of endangered species. Unfortunately there are more species on this list than those depicted (if only the list were shorter). I chose these particular species for their interesting appearance, the story behind their survival, or the story behind their decline.
There are some native bird species that are frequently depicted by New Zealand artists. For example the Tui, Kereru and Piwakawaka. I myself have created artworks with these very beautiful birds in them. However, this time around I wanted to draw attention to some of the lesser known, but no less worthy bird species.
I hope you enjoy their different characters as much as I have enjoyed getting to know these species while creating each hand-carved block and print. With my nose up close to the lino while carving in such detail I became quite attached to each bird and I have certainly enjoyed starting to learn more about them.
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
- Tūturiwhatu / NZ Dotterel
- Toroa / Wandering Albatross
- Kermadec White-Faced Storm Petrel
- Tara Iti / NZ Fairy Tern
- Chatham Islands Black Robin
- Orange-Fronted Parakeet
- Chatham Islands Shag
- Kakī / NZ Black Stilt
Additional Information about this Limited Edition Artwork
Artist: Margaret White
Title: Flying Around?
Edition Size: Edition of 10
Medium: Linocut on teabags (round), mounted on acid-free cotton rag
Dimensions of Artwork (H x W): 250mm x 250mm
Framing: White solid wood box frame. Artwork float mounted onto acid-free mat. Frame ready to hang on delivery with fixings on frame (picture hook not included).
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Limited Edition Prints
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