The Creation of Birds

Exhibition: Artist:

Jim Anderson | Oil on Canvas | 71.5 x 32.5 inches

Jim Anderson is a multi-media artist living in Cambridgeshire, who divides his time and energies between printmaking, mosaic-making, painting, teaching, and writing. His work encompasses many different media and ideas – but use of found or recycled materials is always paramount; and his imagery is steeped in the satirical and the surreal.

The various creation myths are some of the greatest stories ever told. This image is a light-hearted, dream-like satire on such myths. The creator in this picture is a dubious spiv conjuring all forms and conditions of avian life from out of his jacket as he loiters in a dustbin-clogged back alley.

“A painting I have always been fond of is Stanley Spencer’s ‘St.Francis and the Birds’ and a film I have always liked is Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ – this picture is a small act of homage to both of these.

The paint is handled vigorously and fairly thickly, so the image has a strong physical presence. The birds themselves were mostly sketched from stuffed specimens at Brighton’s Booth Museum of Natural History (I very much enjoy the eerie stillness of those Victorian museum pieces).” Jim Anderson

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