Smiler’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

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Cabinet of Natural Curiosities #1_9543

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities #2 Step 2_2272

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Cabinet of Natural Curiosities #3 Sketch_2274

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Cabinet of Natural Curiosities #6 Sketch_9553

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Cabinet of Natural Curiosities #7_9557

This is a project we started working during our watercolours class recently. The idea was to bring in a catalog of sorts and derive inspiration from it to start a series. I had discovered a Taschen edition of Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities just a few days before, and I knew immediately I had found the perfect influence. I’ve always been fascinated with vintage engravings of elements from nature and anatomical studies. We’re encouraged to continue working on this series indefinitely, and to explore and go in any direction we like. I’m just getting warmed up still, but in the meantime I’ve done a few of them I don’t mind showing.

I’ve submitted number 5 (the scarab) to an art sale at the McClure gallery, which is part of the Visual Arts Centre. The sale is on this evening, and they’ve asked all the advanced students, as well as teachers and professional artists in the community to submit artwork in a square format for what they’re calling Square Affair. Most of the proceeds will go toward financing for the art school, a non-profit organization, with 25% going to the artist. If my piece sells, great. If not, I get to keep it as part of my series, which is fine by me because I have every intention of growing my collection and who knows? Maybe doing something with it someday…

The McClure Gallery
350 Victoria Avenue
Montreal (QC)
T 514.488.9558
galeriemclure@visualartscentre.ca

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7 comments

  1. zeev shamir

    Very Very Very BEAUTIFUL and a great project
    z. XX

  2. Paul Cranswick

    Lovely butterflies Smiler!

  3. rlbourges

    my fave is the crab and the bugs (xxx)

  4. rlbourges

    uh… my fave is the scarab with the bugs (xxx)

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