Coming soon 2022: Penny Olsen ‘Feather + Brush’ 2nd edition

Coming soon in May 2022:

Penny Olsen’s Feather and Brush: A History of Australian Bird Art, Second Edition. CSIRO Publishing 2022.

Feather and Brush traces the history of bird art in Australia – from the simple engravings illustrating accounts of the earliest European voyages of discovery to the diversity of artwork available today. It explores the early European approach, in which naval draughtsmen, officers, convicts, settlers, naturalists, artists and scientists alike contributed both to the art and the science of ornithology, through to a wealth of contemporary artists who feature birds in their works. 

This book contains more than 400 images, representing the work of 158 artists; some well-known, others published for the first time. The illustrations have been selected for their interest, whether ornithological, historical or artistic. They range from classical to quirky, decorative to functional, monumental to intimate. Together they demonstrate the rich history of Australian bird art, as it evolved in Europe and Australia, and continues today, along with the trends and technologies of the times.

This second edition includes new and revised chapters, and features about 200 new artworks, including some by Indigenous artists.

  • Includes over 400 beautiful, full-colour images, including some rare and never-before-published illustrations.
  • Features 158 artists, both historical and contemporary.
  • Explores the history of the role of bird illustration in ornithology, bird watching and conservation. 
  • This second edition features revised text, additional chapters, and around 200 new artworks.

Features the contemporary artists:
Frank Thomson Morris; John Wolseley; Frank Knight; Humphrey Price-Jones: Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda; Pamela Griffith; Pete Marshall; Glenys Buzza; Syd Tunn; Peter Langdon; Gail Higgins; Richard Weatherly; Ona Henderson; Susan Skuse; Steve Morvell; Annelise Howes; Janet Luxton; Katherine Cooper; Peter Trusler; Peter Marsack; Nicolas Day; Kim Franklin; Peta Boyce; Elizabeth Cogley; Jeff Davies; Oscar Giammichele; Vida Pearson; Robert Mancini; Greg Postle; Catherine Lidden; E.A.O. Darby; Nicola Dickson; Brian Looker; Prue Sailer; James Hough; Sally Elmer; Philip Farley; Tony Pridham; Brett Jarrett; James Luck; Natalia Balo; Sally Edmonds; Robin Wingrave; Katherine Castle; Vanessa Richardson; Mel Hills; Emma Lindsay; Mal Chambers; Geoffrey Carran; Belinda Kurczok; William Ritchie; Sebastian Galloway”

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