‘Magpie XXIII’ 2017 drypoint engraving 6x6cm edition of 30

One day I was having lunch – not thinking about anything in particular. A magpie stepped into my field of vision. I watched him and realised, suddenly, that here was a wonderful painting subject. Lunch forgotten (except by the magpie) I sketched him. The resultant series of 24 drypoint engravings, of which this is one, tell a story of the most familiar of all Australian birds. An unfinished story I’m sure, but for now, these four-and-twenty black (and white) birds celebrate the magpie’s delightful, ubiquitous presence in all our lives.


Medium: drypoint engraving, wiped a la poupe in blue/grey ink. Printed onto 300gsm cream Hahnemuller paper.
Individual titles are the roman numerals. Part of the joy of this bird is that every Australian has a magpie story. I felt that by putting my own titles on these characters I was claiming a narrative that wasn’t completely mine.

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Galleries that stock this suite of etchings

Australian city galleries
BrisbaneThe Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill. 07 3368 1442
MelbournePG Printmaker Gallery, 227 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. 03 9417 7087

Regional Australian galleries

Bangalow Barebones Artspace, Byron St.  02 6687 1393
Gladstone (via Kempsey) The Old Lodge Gallery, Kinchela St. 02 6567 4366
Lismore Christine’s studio gallery, (by appointment)
Lismore Art Aspects Gallery, Keen St
Ulmarra (via Grafton) The Coldstream Gallery 5 Coldstream St
MoreeThe Moree Gallery, The Max Centre, Heber St. 02 67523927