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New Release

Introducing Andrew Sullivan

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If you have been following us on Instagram or Facebook you may have already seen glimpses of Andrew Sullivan’s spectacular dinosaur paintings, which we are now producing as giclee prints. If you are an enthusiast of contemporary painting, one of them should look especially familiar because it was the winner of the Sulman prize for genre painting in 2014: T-rex (tyrant lizard king) is a hard painting to forget. The Sir John Sulman Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards, and is shown at the AGNSW alongside the Wynne and Archibald prizes

Andrew’s T-rex is funny and maudlin; terrifying with it’s mighty array of teeth, but also jewel-like in its luscious, richly detailed and coloured surface. I can’t help but pity this monstrous fictional T-rex, who’s severed head lies surrounded by the litter of an artist’s studio, it’s mouth propped open with an ordinary chunk of wood and its teeth threatening a butterfly that has chanced to fly between them.

Andrew Sullivan Trex

This work is one of a series Andrew is still painting, which features ancient or extinct species depicted as if by some Victorian naturalist who has collected fresh specimens in the field. They look like scientific studies or museum displays. These are funny, joyous and beautiful paintings, filled with complex allegories about science, the role of art and wonder, the passage of time and the leaps of imagination that underlie our familiar scientific truths.

Andrew has a long and impressive CV  including many solo-shows at Australian Galleries, Flinders Street Gallery and others. Personally I think the work speaks for itself. We already have eighteen prints from his witty Mimes of the King’s Court series, and we are excited to say that in less than a week we should have four new and very spectacular prints, including the T-rex, Raptor and a Coelacanth.

Anthony Buselli's prints are now on the website!

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We are very pleased to announce the launch of Anthony Buselli's first collection of prints with Black Parrot. Anthony has been around the Sydney art scene for a long time, and is recognised for his masterful and fluid brushwork. We wanted to showcase the breadth of his work, that includes portraits, figures and landscapes. 

You can check out his CV on our Artists page, but that isn't as important as looking at his work and judging for yourself. We, obviously, think they're great.

January Release

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This month Black Parrot is releasing another print by Anthony Springford. One Night Only is a giclee print based on Anthony’s depiction of the spent flower of the Epiphyllum oxypetalum or Queen of the Night cactus. Coincidentally, the SMH just published an article on these wonderful plants.

 Anthony’s work is often about time, transformation and loss, so this flower is a natural choice of subject. It flowers only for a night, but if you are lucky to be out in the evening they look spectacular. To quote SMH; “The flower is huge, deeply fragrant and glows as white as a full moon.”

The buds emerge slowly, explode into giant flowers at sunset and by morning collapse like jellied sea-creatures, falling off the plant. Anthony shows the flower shortly after its big night, flopping out of a crystal glass.

Our December Release: Freesias in Green Glass

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Our latest print is ready for release. Freesias in Green Glass is another work by Anthony Springford. As with others of Anthony’s work, the familiar subject matter is an excuse to explore relationships of colour, rhythm and form, and as always there is an element of humour.

According to Anthony:

 
In this work I was channeling the legacy of Paul Cezanne by exploring the way surprising combinations of colour can effectively describe objects and the movement of light. I was paying particular attention to the relationships of insides and outsides, or surfaces and absences, in an arrangement of shells, glasses and flowers. The more ambiguous object is an old wooden ornamental cat that is missing its head.