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A Book of Birds

by Humphrey Ocean

By (author) Humphrey Ocean
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Oct 2019
Dimensions: w 221mm h 149mm d 16mm
Weight: 265g
ISBN-10: 1912520370
ISBN-13: 9781912520374
Barcode No: 9781912520374
The artist Humphrey Ocean RA has painted portraits of Sir Paul McCartney and Philip Larkin, among many others. But alongside these prestigious commissions, he has always returned to drawing the simpler things in life: our 'alluringly unnatural world', as he puts it. The result is this idiosyncratic and charming collection of birds, all rendered in Ocean's unique style. With a species to discover on every page, this book is the perfect gift for any keen ornithologist, aspiring twitcher or dedicated listener to Tweet of the Day. As well as birdwatching around his home and studio in South London, Ocean regularly visits his sister, who is a nun in Nairobi and has loved birds all her life. There, he paints Kenyan birds such as the Eurasian bee-eater, the Bulbul and the Flycatcher that are 'local, a bit like our garden birds so nothing overly exotic, but of course to me they are'. They join the familiar gulls, thrushes and tits of the gardens, parks and hedgerows of the UK in this beautifully produced collection.

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