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An Eye for Nature: The Life and Art of William T. CooperArtist/Author: Olsen, Penny, Foreword by David Attenborough
In the work of artist William T.Cooper, platypuses swim in green underwater worlds, waves throw up blankets of spray, embers glow in the aftermath of a bushfire, a Thylacine emerges from the shadows, sniffing the air. But it is his paintings of birds which set Cooper apart—his raucous cockatoos, colourful parrots, animated turacos and flamboyantly displaying birds of paradise. Often placed in meticulously studied landscapes, these intricate bird portraits reveal Cooper’s close observation not only of his subjects’ appearance, but their habits, poses and behaviour. In this biography, Penny Olsen traces the path of Cooper’s life and art—from his childhood spent in the bush, to his teenage years as an apprentice taxidermist at Carey Bay Zoo and, later, to his work as a window dresser and landscape artist. She documents his fruitful partnership with wife and collaborator Wendy Cooper and his extensive travels in Australia and abroad in pursuit of his subjects.
Curious Encounters with the Natural World: From Grumpy Spiders to Hidden TigersArtist/Author: Jeffords, Michael, Susan PostMichael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe – and explored their neighborhood – collecting images of the natural world. This book opens their personal cabinet of curiosities to tell the stories of the pair’s most unusual encounters.
From the “necking” battles of mate-hungry giraffes to the breathtaking beauty of millions of monarch butterflies at rest, Jeffords and Post share 200 stunning photographs and their own insightful essays to guide readers on a spectacular journey. Their training as entomologists offers unique perspectives on surprise stag beetle swarms and spider hunting habits. Their photographic eye, honed by decades of observation, finds expression in once-in-a-lifetime images. The result is an eyewitness collection of startling and unusual phenomena that illuminates the diverse life inhabiting our planet.
Albertus Seba: cabinet of natural curiosities.Artist/Author: Musch, Irmgard, Jes Rust and Rainer Willmann.
This spectacular little book presents Albertus Seba’s unrivaled catalogue of animals, insects and plants. Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is one of the 18th century’s greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Though scientists of his era often collected natural specimens, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Seba (1665-1736) was unrivaled in his passion. His amazing collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. In 1731, after decades of collecting, Seba commissioned careful and often scenic illustrations of every specimen. With these meticulous drawings he arranged the publication of a four-volume catalogue covering the entire collection from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, birds and butterflies, including now extinct creatures. This reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-coloured original housed at the National Library of the Netherlands. The introduction supplies background information about the fascinating tradition of natural collections to which Seba’s curiosities belonged.
The art of Australian Geographic illustration.Artist/Author: McGregor, Alasdair.
Twenty seven years of excellence in illustration is celebrated in this sumptuously presented book from Australian Geographic. The illustrator’s art has been one of the cornerstones of Australian Geographic since Banjo the platypus graced the cover of the first issue in 1986. Inside the pages of Australian Geographic, illustration has been used to explain complex data, recreate scenes from our ancient past or simply to show us nature in all its detailed glory and continues to be a vital storytelling tool. This gorgeous book boasts 224 pages of beautiful images from many of Australias finest natural history artists. Enjoy the chance to see many familiar scenes in a whole new light as they feature as artworks in their own right. The book is packed with depictions of Australias fauna and flora as rendered by the finest illustrators and features words from award winning writer and artist Alasdair McGregor.
The library at the end of the world: natural science and its illustrators.Artist/Author: Hansen, Anita and Margaret Davies, editors.
The artworks for this book are selected from the volumes held in the Rare Books Collection of The Royal Society of Tasmania Library. This book looks at the science behind the magnificent volumes examined, but also considers the artist who created the beautiful images. The volume starts with an historical overwiew and is divided into sections on vascular plants, lichens, orchids, crustaceans, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals with introductions from expects in those fields. Artists represented are Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771), James Sowerby (1757-1822), Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), John Curtis (1791-1862), Sarah Stone (c.1761-1844), Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) John Lewin (1770-1819) and many others. Also available in paperback [stock id 37467].
Drawing and painting insects.Artist/Author: Tyzack, Andrew.
A beautiful guide for artists, natural historians, wildlife artists, and biologists. Whatever an artist’s experience, whether new to the subject or a seasoned entomologist, this book can help them capture the beauty of insects by helping them understand their structure and appreciate their behaviour, movement, colour, and habitat. It offers advice on finding insects to draw and paint, including how to raise one’s own insect models. It also offers a guide to the anatomy and life cycles of the insect. Step-by-step demonstrations of drawings illustrate perspective, tonal values, and mark-making techniques. Examples of watercolour and oil paintings are given, representing insects in precise, scientific renditions as well as more creative interpretations. Other uses of insect illustration are discussed, including printmaking, sculpture, leather, and glass. The book is superbly illustrated by more than 500 examples and insights from leading artists.
Complete guide to drawing animals.Artist/Author: Bammes, Gottfried.
Provides expert guidance on all aspects of drawing animals – including size, proportion, perspective, anatomy, skeletal structure and musculature. The book goes into great detail, and provides numerous diagrams as well as drawings in a range of styles and rendered in a variety of different drawing media including pencil, charcoal, pastels and inks. A huge range of mammals are included, from dogs, horses and cats to tigers, elephants, camels and apes, so whatever animal you are interested in, this book will enable you to capture its essence down to the last hoof or paw.
Return to One Man’s Island: paintings and sketches from the Isle of May.Artist/Author: Brockie, Keith.
Keith Brockie’s ‘One Man’s Island: Paintings and Sketches from the Isle of May’ (1984), immediately became one of the bestselling Scottish natural history books of all time. The combination of breathtaking wildlife images with notes and background information, captured unforgettably the beauty of nature, and in particular that of the Isle of May, a little gem of an island in the Firth of Forth. Since then Brockie has constantly returned to the Isle of May. From April through to October of 2010 he stayed on the island, working intensively to produce an entirely new set of drawings and paintings. With his eye for colour and characteristic attention to detail he has produced a huge number of artworks, mixing depictions of the majestic peregrine and white-tailed eagle with sketches of fluffy eider ducklings and kittiwake chicks. All the natural history of the island is represented, from its delicate maritime flowers to fish, crabs and lobsters. Return to One Man’s Island will be the publishing event of the year for those who loved Brockie’s original Isle of May book, as well as a whole new generation of readers and lovers of wildlife painting.
Life on the rocks: the art of survival.Artist/Author: Nikulinsky, Philippa and Stephen D Hopper.
Providing ecological and historical perspectives on the diverse, resilient flora and fauna that inhabit granite outcrops, this beautifully illustrated documentation explores Australia’s diverse wildlife – including the closest relatives to Granitites intangendus, a shrub that thrives in southern Australia’s harsh climate – revealing its origins in ancient rainforests that once covered the region.
Art of nature: three centuries of natural history art from around the world.Artist/Author: Magee, Judith.
An astonishing visual record of the exploration of parts of the natural world that had never previously been documented. It features many of the greatest natural history artists of the last 300 years – Merian, Bartram, Ehret, the Bauer brothers, Audubon and Gould. Some were seeking fame as scientists or artists, others sought financial gain or at least the prospect of earning a living in what they loved doing. For some it also provided the opportunity to present their view of nature to a wider community. Continent by continent, Judith Magee draws on the unrivalled collections of the Library of the Natural History Museum to illustrate the development of natural history art through the centuries and its crucial role in furthering people’s appreciation of nature all around the world.
Impressions of nature: a history of nature printing.Artist/Author: Cave, Roderick.
Dating back to the 13th century, the print-making technique of nature printing has an illustrious and informative history. The process, which uses the surfaces of natural objects like leaves to make prints of the actual objects, is how early books of medicinal plants were compiled. Through the centuries, nature printing evolved into a scientific process favored by botanists and biologists to reproduce plants and assemble catalogues of flora and fauna. The advent of photography also furthered the developments of how a natural object could be used to make a print. With luscious full-color reproductions of prints from the Middle Ages through today, author and printing history expert Roderick Cave tracks the developments of this process over time, while also focusing on the historical details of the more than 200 illustrations, where they first appeared and the people responsible for them.
Endless forms: Charles Darwin, natural science, and the visual arts.Artist/Author: Donald, Diana and Jane Munro, editors.
Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theories of evolution and natural selection have not only had a profound influence on the fields of biology and natural history, but also provided fertile territory for the creative imagination. This beautifully illustrated book explores Darwin’s links with artistic traditions.