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Exotic & Imaginary Birds - PARROT SOLD

Exotic & Imaginary Birds - PARROT SOLD

By Chloe Cumming



Original artworks


Ink, oil pastel and coloured pencil on paper

Toucans: acrylic on board/canvas

Image size; H: 20cm x W: 15cm or H: 15cm x W: 20cm

Framed size: H: 37cm x W: 31cm or H: 31cm x W: 37cm

Toucan images:
Toucan Duo H: 35cm x W: 24cm;
Toucan Trio H: 34cm x W: 28cm

Either £225 each; or, for the Toucans, £295 each


Parrots, vultures, kingfishers, cockatiels, toucans, pigeons - and some birds you'll never have seen before, half-real and half imagined...


They're all imbued with the typical energey and vibrancy of artist Chloe Cumming who has created this new series for our Christmas 2023 show - but we couldn't resist marketing them from the moment they arrived! 


Among this first flock are her interpretations of an Australian King Parrot, a Blue Kingfisher and what she's named as a Haunted House Kingfisher and a Neon Absurdity Vulture. Plus two paintings of expressive and colourful Toucans, as a pair and as a trio.


"I love the beauty and variety of birds. One senses that they're almost dinosaurs. For me, they're a opportunity for uninhibited drawing."


    After many years of creativity, in which she has built up a following of collecters, Chloe mades her art gallery debut at Spencer House Gallery in winter 2022.


    She is an unusual draughtswoman and observer of life. Her art output is prolific, as much a release and expression of her own thoughts and emotions as an outpouring of recurring figurative and symbolic motifs and figures. Her mark making is fast, multi-coloured and, always, packed with energy - whether it's a human portrait, an animal or bird or an interior scene.


    She tries to find something alive and beautiful in mundane or  downtrodden objects or figures - hence her toilet and traffic cone collections. She is attracted by taboo subjects or by the notion that places or things are not celebrated or acceptable in 'polite society'.


    Her interest in Vincent van Gogh - and, hence, her many depictions of him - is prompted by her  drive to express the man behind the myth and the social and emotional barriers he faced. Like him, her own painting style is defiantly idiosyncratic and independent of any movement or genre.


    In some of her more aggressive and vivid images, one can detect energetic and frenetic aspects of Francis Bacon, combined with a range of surreal and haunting elements and fantastical narratives of her own making.


    She has a Fine Art degree from Kent Insititute of Art & Design and works from the studio at her Norwich home.

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