thoughts on animal intelligence & human creativity
This painting was inspired by a trip to South Africa. I paint the animals as a series of tiles. The animals in bright colours are the more intelligent species. This painting therefore displays convergent evolution of intelligence.
This painting uses the same style to represent animals on a scientifically accurate evolutionary tree. Species names were written in red paint on the branches to look like leaves.
A visualisation of different animals in their habitats. This painting formed the basis for my book ‘Home’ (which ironically, is still trying to find a home itself with a courageous publisher)
The avian family tree presented in 3 panels
This painting represents an evolutionary tree of the passeriformes – the songbirds.
This was a painting I created fro my wife’s 50th birthday, that now hangs in her office. It is an evolutionary tree of all known corvids.
Painted this for my nephew Noah’s 1st birthday. The animals were chosen for their colours rather than being scientifically accurate (I know chimps are not found in the same continent as toucans, etc.)
This was my first attempt at a collage based on Hitchcock’s The Birds. Now the crows are terrifying various primates, with some of the birds created from cut outs of my published corvid papers.
This is a large acrylic painting, rather than pen and ink used to create the other chameleons. This took a VERY long time to complete, but I think the effect was worth it.
First in a series of emotive chameleons. If a publisher is interested in creating a colouring book of these images, please let me know.
A small painted sketch called ‘Torches & Pitchforks’ inspired by watching the original Frankenstein movie with Boris Karloff.
I love creating these vast cityscapes with tiny details. I will add some more as time goes on. Some are so large, that they don’t photograph well.
Another movie inspired painting called ‘The Unusual Suspects’. Guess which movie! The lefthand figure was also inspired by a painting by Gustav Klimt.
Don’t know where this idea came from. The main villain is called Stu Manchu, Fu Manchu’s less successful younger brother.
Playing around with ideas for a potential children’s encyclopaedia on birds
Created this after chatting to Ben Miller about his new book on the search for extraterrestrial life