A crested shrike-tit perched on a thylacine skull; the contrast between life and death. The thylacine (or more commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger) was a carnivorous marsupial native to the Australian mainland and Tasmania and went extinct in 1930 due to being hunted by Europeans.
There are a few male crested shrike-tits that live near my studio that prance and peck at their reflection in the window. Almost everyday I hear the tap-tap-tap on the glass so when I was trying to decide what bird to perch on the thylacine skull, I knew it had to be this guy. They are an uncommon bird and a pure delight to watch as they flourish their mo-hawk and sing.
The little bird and skull represent the contrast between life and death and more importantly, humanities interaction in this balance.
Original is oil on canvas, 30cm x 40cm
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Professional artist Tracie MacVean works full-time at GIGS Artists Studios, Wodonga, Australia.
Tracie’s paintings question our role in relation with the natural world and how we perceive ourselves to create deeply conceptual and thought provoking works.
Environmental themes have always dominated her paintings yet a passion for the human form is ever present to create a sense of either unity or conflict between human beings and nature. Her paintings are infused with raw emotion as viewers are drawn in by the layers of meaning in each work.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.