Award-winning Brisbane based artist Jane James is presenting her latest exhibition, entitled 'Bower' this November.
For a limited time you will have the rare opportunity to view a unique collection of paintings, sculptures and prints inspired by Jane's research of the intricate bower structures constructed by male bowerbirds.
Over two years, Jane researched various species in Australia and West Papua with the assistance of a large number of ornithologists and researchers, including Clifford and Dawn Frith, Dr Richard Noske, and researchers from both Deakin and Exeter Universities.
Of this experience, Jane notes;
"It was the work of Professor John A. Endler from Deakin University's Centre for Integrative Ecology in generously sharing his research into the aesthetics of the birds that finally cemented my approach in producing the pieces.
The views of the bowers are from that of the female, with the emphasis being on the use by the males of forced perspective and composition, more typically considered the province of human artworks."
Jane has had a lifelong involvement with the sea and marine conservation and is an exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists. In addition to being a full time practicing artist for the past 19 years, she is also a diver and dive professional, who has worked closely over the past 25 years with a number of both marine research and conservation projects.
This latest collection of works is made up of both paintings and sculptural pieces, some of which are to scale and incorporate items cast from synthetic polymer, of the type typical to the particular bowers.
You can view the stories behind each piece here.
All are invited to come along and view this wonderful series of works. Entry is free.
A special opening night event will be held on Friday 21 November 2014 from 7pm to 10pm at 40 Exeter Street, Ashgrove Brisbane.
The exhibition will then run until 29 November, 10am to 4pm daily. Studio tours available. A catalogue of the exhibition can also be downloaded for free from iBooks via the iTunes store.
A select preview of the exhibited works can be found here.
For more information on this upcoming exhibition or Jane James, please visit janejames.com.au