This coming week, 22 - 28 October 2018, is National Bird Week. Throughout Australia, you can get involved in our largest 'citizen science' project, and help our feathered friends by participating in the Backyard Bird Count.
Our native birds are a source of great inspiration at Signarture, where Kookaburras, Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Lorikeets regularly come and go from the giant tree outside the studio.
Purchase any artwork from our Aviary collection during Bird Week and we'll donate 5% of the purchase price to Birdlife Australia in your name.
Above is the Pink Cockatoo, also known as Leadbetter's or Major Mitchell's cockatoo. Cacatua leadbeateri to the ornithologists.
This fine art print on perspex above was mounted with satin gold hardware - a special order option where the mounts are plated with 24 carat gold. We love how they offset the stunning soft white and blush pink plumage of this this beautiful and elegant Australian native.
Below is the Black Cockatoo, Calyptorhyncus Banksii, also known as the Banksian or Bank's cockatoo. Not Banksy's. Whilst Banksy has some fine birds amongst his work, as far as we know, he has yet to depict our Australian birds.
Photographed in an outdoor setting in strong sunlight, the transparent perspex medium brings this pair to life, giving them stunning depth of colour and by casting their natural shadows.
Of course if you would like to support the birds but aren't ready to purchase an artwork, you can make a donation directly via this link.
We are very excited to announce the aviary...
We've taken Australian native and tropical birds, first depicted on paper nearly two hundred years ago, and reinterpreted them as quintessentially modern, perspex artworks.
A cacophony of cockatoos, a pandemonium of parrots, and a durante of toucans are brought to life in all their fine detail, the transparent medium giving them superior depth of colour and enabling their natural shadow casting.
‘Aviary’ complements the trend for vintage, scientific-style illustrations in contemporary interior design, accompanied by a revival in faux specimen display and the popular use of glass cloches as decorative accents.
“In mid-nineteenth century Victorian society, a private aviary filled with exotic birds was the height of fashion, a luxury afforded by the aristocracy” says Signarture creative director, Sarah Leslie. “For those of more modest means, taxidermy and lithographic prints became the vogue”.
These stunning perspex artworks can be installed in both indoor and outdoor spaces and like previous Signarture collections such as ‘treescape’ have focused on bringing the outside in and connecting us to the natural environment.
“Aviary takes this another step further, bringing the birds out of the trees and placing them in the spotlight” says Sarah.