[CT Birds] Rex Brasher exhibit at White Memorial
jbeverhart at gmail.com
Tue Feb 27 21:36:04 EST 2018
This is amazing! Thank you!
On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM, zellene via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> 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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