I love it when I see something which I have never seen before but have a hunch that it is a good thing, buy it, and sure enough, find out it is good.
Yesterday, I went to the Antique and Collectable fair and saw this owl. The seller said she bought it in a box of mid century Scandinavian things. She felt it was new because it is made of what she called acrylic. There was a sticker on the bottom to say made in Brazil. Those were the clues.
|owl drawing on statistic sheet|
When I got home I did some research and found it was made by Abraham Palatnik , a Brazilian artist who made a whole series of creatures in the 1960s. He was born in 1928 and was a successful artist, even showing work in the Venice Biennale . He was known for his kinechromatic art. The animals are made out of Lucite.
I did a couple of drawings based on the owl as is my way of investigating something.
|Owl drawing on a map with cut outs|
This is my owl and the others are also by Abraham Palatnik.