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Waveline 2

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Chris Maynard

US$ 12,500

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2020

Mixed media, great argus tail feathers, background of cotton papers laminated over cotton foamcore

Unique Work

Dimensions: 65cm (H) x 155cm (W) x 6cm (D) / 25.6" (H) x 61" (W) x 2.4" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

Artist Statement

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The Artwork is in a shadowbox which is a finely made but simple black lacquered wood with UV acrylic, ready to hang. Real feathers are made of keratin, the same as your fingernails. We tend to think of feathers as delicate but that is a mistake. Like your fingernails, feathers are tough. These are naturally shed from captive birds which are likely still alive. Feathers are backed to provide more stability but what you see is just the carved feather. This family of birds have the most massive of any feather--these tail feathers of which they only grow two.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1954

Hometown: Olympia

Based in: USA

Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art

Birds were always a part of Chris Maynard’s childhood. As a young person, he took refuge in the woods around his home where, his head nestled in moss, he watched the birds up in the tall trees. He began working with feathers at age 12

Today, Maynard carves feathers into intricate art in order to make their natural beauty more noticeable. His work highlights the patterns and colors of the feathers themselves, inviting the viewer to look and look again. For him, feathers represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams.

He displays his work in shadow boxes, a signature art form he developed that enchants people in Asia and around the world.

Maynard works with feathers from turkeys, parrots, peacocks, and other birds and crafts them into scenes that are displayed in his world-renowned shadow boxes. A conservationist at heart, Maynard’s feathers are legally obtained. Many of the feathers are naturally shed which means that the birds they came from may still be alive today.

Since feathers are universal symbols of flight, transformation, achievement, and hope,
Maynard’s art speaks to many people who long for these qualities as well as people who revere birds.

Maynard’s work is included in private collections and featured in publications in Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia. His book, Feathers, Form & Function, highlights his work and tells stories about what feathers are, what roles they fill for birds, and why people find them alluring.

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