Free as a bird
When we think of birds, we think of freedom from all constraints. Our canvas prints present a range of bird-themed images with a clarity and precision that is sure to grab your attention. The cruel glare of the eagle surveying her domain makes a very definite statement about this majestic creature, while the industrious parents feeding their hungry chicks show the devotion that is required to bring up a nest full of young ones. A single portrait can reveal the quiet wisdom of the owl, as he reflects on the meaning of life and the location of his next tasty snack. There is also the stately elegance of a floating swan, which reminds us to take life calmly and enjoy the peace and tranquility of our surroundings whenever we can. When we see paintings of paired swans or love birds, we think of romantic attachment and a lasting life together. It is no coincidence that so many noble families have included birds in their crests and banners. Such diversity in their character and lifestyle makes us reflect on our own deeply held convictions and aspirations. Birds have a freedom that we can only dream of, as they soar above our lowly habitations and explore the endless skies. Their long migrations illustrate the mysterious connections that hold our world together, teaching us that even the smallest creatures have the courage and the skill to navigate across the widest oceans. Perhaps there is a lesson there too, about our human instinct to wander and to adapt, making our home wherever we find ourselves. Birds know no national boundaries. Fences, for them, are a handy resting place and a vantage point for viewing the world. Skilful photographers and artists have captured the beauty of their flight. Some strike out for the horizon as solo adventurers, while others gather in swirling flocks, or line themselves up into neatly arranged and accurate formations. The clever antics of birds are such a fruitful subject for creative art because they share with us an instinct to build a comfortable home and adapt the environment around them. We see something of ourselves in them, while at the same time we marvel at their beauty and distinctive, acrobatic style.
Fantastic portraits and patterns on the theme of birds
There is something very special about the impact that birds have on both rural and urban surroundings. Who can resist a geometric image of small birds on telephone wires, cutting through the landscape? They symbolise our desperate isolation, and our fervent hope that we can communicate across long distances via modern technology and link up with other people. A canvas print of a bird on a wire brings us closer to our distant friends by reminding us just how precious these connections are. Or what about the psychedelic turbulence of a flock of parrots, engaged in a feeding frenzy under a riotous jungle canopy? These birds celebrate their joyful lives in a place far from human habitation, reminding us that there is so much in the world that we have never seen, and so much that is still waiting for us to discover. Many a painting also gives us a chance to see the world of birds from a new perspective. A canvas print of an original watercolour portrait shows the subtle nuances of colour in the plumage of a bird of prey, for example. Another painting shows the stunning contrasts that some exotic species wear in their distinctive coats of many colours. The brilliant blue of the peacock is just as striking as the bright pink of the flamingo or the green of the parakeet. Some paintings enhance the interplay of patterns and shades in highly imaginative ways. You can almost hear the clamour of calling birds when you examine the profusion of beauty in their form. Other artists combine the shape of common birds with the structures of the built environment, showing just how well the common sparrows and pigeons have integrated into the fabric of city life. There is no end to the ways in which birds inspire photographers and creative artists. Our canvas prints bring this inspiration right into your home, so that you can appreciate all of these magnificent features at first hand.