A new painting in ikon form of a raptor from sub-Saharan Africa, the Dark Chanting Goshawk. This remarkable bird has been trapped, not in mist nets or traps, but in pigments and gesso by the artist.

Ikon Painting of a Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates)
Dark Chanting Goshawk egg tempera and gold leaf on gesso board (2019)

The hawk is depicted in the desert, in a wilderness not unlike the early Desert Fathers. In a manner quite unlike its characteristically haughty pose in the field, it is shown deferentially bowing – to what and to whom the hawk knows full well.

Egg tempera and gold on panel, 14.5 x18.5cm