Friday, 6 January 2012

O is for .. Animal Woodblock ABC

O is for ... OWL

Owls are popular birds, I know collector who just buy owl related objects; pictures, prints, pottery--anything. So hopefully woodblock prints of those elegant birds should be easy ?? So here goes ...... and do you know the collective noun for Owls ??

Eagle Owl (top) and Owl in Flight by Toshi Yoshida (1911-95)


Night Owl by Urushibara

Barn Owls
A W Seaby
ever reliable for a selection of these striking birds.

Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901-79)
Master wildlife artist including many fine wood engravings. I am surprised I have not include his work earlier in this series.
Link to more of his work - Link

"Golden Owl"
Vaughan Murray Griffin (1903-92) Australian
linocut c1951
available at

"Horned Owl"
Dora Helen Mackie (Canadian, b1926)
for full biography -

 Kaoru Kawano (1916-1965)
A Japanese printmaker who had studied at the Kawabata Art School during the 1930's.

I must not forget Norbetine Bresslern Roth, as these were the inspiration for this series of postings.

There is almost too many great prints of owlly subjects, many from the golden period of printmaking in the 1920's and 30's as well as by living artists. Here are a few modern works that appeal to my aesthete.

"Masked Owl III" 2011
Kit Hiller b1948 - Australian

Born in Hobart and trained at the Tasmanian School of Art she has exhibited her art for over thirty years.Her watercolour portraits have been shown in the Archibald Prize exhibition on five occasions and she has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Women Portrait Painters three times. Now painting in oils, she produces landscapes of the North-West Coast of Tasmania, still-lives and portraits. She is also well known for her hand-coloured lino-cuts, elimination lino-cuts and dioramas. (copied from her website -

"A Parliament of Owls"
this ones is a wood engraving by
Colin See Payton
forsale at Gorstella Gallery

Colin See-Paynton is a Fellow of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a member of the Society of Wood Engravers. He is widely regarded as the leading exponent of wood engraving in the United Kingdom and his work is represented in many private and public collections around the world including the V & A, Ashmolean Museum, Berlin Graphothek, Fremantle Museum & Art Gallery, Australia, Gaudi Salon, Barcelona, National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales and the Yosemite Wildlife Museum, California. He has travelled with the Artists for Nature Foundation to the Pyrenees and to Alaska to record and highlight through his art the threat to wildlife caused by man’s exploitation of the natural resources of these areas.

See his website for more excellent prints of Owls
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