By Grenville Moore
Acrylic on linen
Image size: H: 30cm x W: 30cm
Size of framed work: H: 45cm x W: 45cm
The grey parrot is also known as the Congo grey parrot as is native to equatorial Africa. As pets, they are known for their intelligence and ability to talk. It has been claimed that these birds have the mental and emotional capacity of a five-year-old human child and they can live for up to 80 years.
This handsome specimen, seen in profile, certainly has a regal and knowing air, along with a look of chirpy independence .
With his usual attention to detail and joy in conveying animal coats, Grenville has picked out every feather and face detail.
ABOUT GRENVILLE MOORE
Grenville is an accomplished and distinctive painter working from his idyllic garden studio in a small village on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border.
After many years when illustration, design and cartoon strips were his hobby, he became a specialist decorator and muralist and completed assignments and commissions in homes throughout the Cotswolds and London. He also wrote and illustrated articles for two national publications. Among his projects were a large painted vase for the Ralph Lauren store in Barcelona and various items of painted furniture.
These decorative and interior design skills remain with him - and very much on show - in his paintings of wild animals, many of which are enhanced and embellished with backgrounds of rich tapestry motifs, Arcadian glades and medieval-style foliage. His love of heraldry also shines through in clever motifs and touches of symbolism.
A trip to Kenya first sparked his enchantment with wild animals and birds and inspired his current, very popular work which specialises in dramatic animals portraits, often large scale and close-up. Detail and accuracy are key. He is passionate about telling the story of each creature, accentuating the unusual and celebrating the wildness, dignity and soul of each animal. The rich narrative of the painting is often further enhanced by its elaborate or traditional framing, matching perfectly with the inventive, decorative backdrops.
Grenville's work is in private collections in America, Russia and throughout the UK.