[CT Birds] Rex Brasher exhibit at White Memorial

zellene zellene at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 27 18:30:18 EST 2018

I attended an event last weekend celebrating the work of Rex Brasher, an incredible bird artist I knew nothing about. He was a contemporary of Audubon who did not like Audubon's methods of painting from dead birds. He accomplished the task of painting all known species of US birds from sketches in the wild. He was unhappy with his technique of painting feathers in the first 400 paintings and so re-painted them. The 875 or so watercolors were published as "Birds and Trees of North America" in 12 volumes. The state purchased one set and it is in a climate controlled area at UCONN where it is not seen by the public. Originally, a museum was planned to be built to house his works and have them on display in Kent where he lived. However, due to lack of funds this never happened. This is a real loss not only to birders but to anyone who loves art.

Fourteen of the prints digitally reproduced from the originals are on display at White. They chose pictures of threatened and endangered species in CT. You owe it to yourself to go see these remarkable paintings. In addition to the pictures, his commentaries on each species are displayed and it is worthwhile spending some time reading them.
There is a Rex Brasher organization that publishes a quarterly newsletter with pics. Check out www.rexbrasher.org for more info and to see some samples of his art, including the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.


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