These birds are three dimensional models I made from thin paper. They are lifesize, and very realistic in colour and detail. Each bird takes about two weeks to design, assemble and paint. The paintwork is done with very fine brushes, in numerous thin layers using aquarel paint with gouache paint on top, whereby every detail and nuance in colouration in the featherpattern is shown.
The originals are exhibited in art gallery's and in my studio in Leiden, the Netherlands. The birds are presented in specially made frames behind glass, and the prices vary between 500 to 1200 euro for each bird. Well protected behind the glass, the sculptures will last a lifetime. All the original models shown here are sold.
Some of the birds are scanned before putting them together. In this way I can make a few birds, using the same design. These duplicate models are also for sale at a lower price. You can order a model by mail.
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A tiny cute frog, looking like on the verge of waking up or falling asleep.
To assemble this small-sized frog I had to use two tweezers in both hands. The parts were just too small and delicate to pick up by hand. Luckily the treefrog hides its toes when resting, making the allround shape just a little easier.
Siskins are very active and restless birds. They are also very social, forming small cohesive flocks especially in autumn and winter. They are fairly trusting of humans, it being possible to observe them from a short distance. Its diet is based on the seeds of deciduous trees such as birch and above all alder.
The branch is also made of paper, but I don't have an idea yet how to to suggest alder seeds in paper.
This little bird feeds on flying insects. They hunt from conspicuous perches, making sallies after passing flying insects, and often returning to the same perch. Their upright posture is characteristic. I pressed the eyes inwards just a little...Which gives the bird its typical concentrated expression when it's looking for insects.
I placed the paper robin in a paper box and in a wooden frame behind glass, as the other birds. But what is that other robin in the little window on the left? It's the same robin, but seen in an mirror, which is behind the passe partout. This way the front of the bird is also shown, and you get two for the price of one!
Deep Sea-Creatures II
Deep in the ocean strange creatures roam. There they live undisturbed and in complete darkness, never do they appear to the surface of the sea. These animals are small in size, they have strange shapes and colours, or they are semi-transparant. Some may carry their own lights in the form of lanterns on their head, these lights serve to attract prey.
From paper I made twelve of these animals. The deep-sea-animals are shown in a semi-scientific way in black paper boxes, and behind mat board and glass. The lights I made with optic fibre that transport the light from one lamp at the back of the artwork.