The Exhibition of Birds will be showcased in the World Land Trust gallery between the 31 March and 13 May, in association with Stafford Gallery. Andrew’s paintings are quiet and contemplative – capturing the spirit of birds to create iconic images within the open and undisturbed space of their natural environment.
A concern for endangered animals has led Andrew to link-up with WLT, helping to raise funds and worldwide awareness to help save the Earth’s threatened habitats and wildlife. The underlying message behind Andrew’s artwork is that humans are not the centre of the universe but simply a rather troublesome part of a much wider whole.
Andrew’s work is complemented by paintings from Leo du Feu. An award-winning artist, Leo has a keen interest in environment; his principal inspiration is landscape and the natural world – birds in particular are increasingly flying into his paintings.
The gallery will also be showcasing sculptures by local Suffolk artist Roger Hardy. Born in Melton, Roger worked in London for 10 years before returning to Suffolk with his wife in 2000 to paint full-time.
Wildlife and landscape painting has always been a great passion and preoccupation for Roger, starting from a very early age. He said: “The natural world is a great source of inspiration; I’ve always been keen on bird watching and wildlife spotting, so it’s been a natural progression from what I was interested in as a child.”
Roger has been developing his unique sculptures for the last four years, while still painting the Suffolk landscape. His work often combines the polished sculptured element, created from plaster and bronze powder, with unusual objects – from crab claws found on Dunwich beach, trinkets from local antique markets and kick-knacks discovered in junk shops.
Libby Purves, writer and broadcaster, said: “With his keen eye for shapes and for absurdities Roger Hardy makes mundane objects graceful, and ordinary things remarkable.” On display in the gallery will be a selection of Roger’s charismatic, quirky bird sculptures that are brimming with character, humour and life.
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