Tag: Birds

The Last of Summer

The conception started with the idea of a particular species of bird, for my original intention was to have a Swift as the sole subject of the painting. Time and tide in the studio led to the Swifts playing more of a supporting role, in a work which eventually became an allegory for something much…


Night. Raven

The Raven has become for me a kind of totemic bird for the area of mid-Wales I came to know better during the winter of 2017. A series of ink and watercolour paintings were produced over this time to respond to their presence in the valleys, at a time when species diversity is relatively low…


Mach Loop

A defining experience of any visitor to the wilderness of North or Mid-Wales is that of a first visitation of the RAF. It is of course the noise that first greets you, and as the thing passes, the explosive crunch of the air being rent apart. The interaction between this, the landscape, and its birds…


Call of the Curlew

No other British bird has such a distinctive call, one which is often described as a liquid, bubbling, trill and most evocatively – plaintive, a word that is so seldom used in modern speech to be almost synonymous with this species. Perhaps the sound of the curlew cannot be dissociated from the land, for very…


Hale, Mersey, Full of Grace

Cass Art Space, Liverpool, UK 9th – 22nd January 2017 Why do certain places appear to have a tangible, yet indefinable sense of significance? Contemporary artist John Elcock examined this phenomenon with an exhibition of new paintings at Cass Art Space Liverpool, which responded to Hale village through its landscape and remarkable birdlife. Hale, Mersey,…