A few months ago I was racking my brain trying to think of an artist who was famous for painting birds – specifically caged birds such as parrots, parakeets, cockatoos, etc. I had an image, (or images) of his work ingrained in my head but could not seem to find him or an image or even pinpoint a decade. Colorful rows of birds with cross hatching…..
My boyfriend wanted to get a bird and I don’t really like birds, let alone parrots – I have this thing with most animals except birds. They don’t like me and bite me. Anyway, I was frantically trying to researching all sorts of grass parakeets (beautiful parakeets from Australia, not the typical budgies you see at the pet store) so I would not get stuck with a parrot. Upon learning about all the different types of birds and mutations – I am sure you can imagine I fell in love with all the beautiful color variations.
Luckily his obsession with getting a bird faded. If you know anything about birds they are very high maintenance and make too much noise for my taste. I told him if I wanted something that needy, noisy, and messy, that hated me (and bit me), would live to be 25-50 years old, and have little reward – I might as well have a baby (gross). Or better yet, I would rather get another dog.
So – for a brief moment I was so inspired by all these bird images and was obsessed with finding out who this artist was.
Anyway, I finally found him: Hunt Slonem
More work HERE
It makes me want to move to NYC and look him up and beg him to be his artist assistant. I am going to NYC next month and I think I am going to go stalk him outside his studio.