‘The Resplendent Rabbit-Bird of Paradise’ is a nine colour Screenprint by contemporary printmaker Penelope Kelly. The piece is printed with hand-made water based inks from ground pure pigments and metallic powders on 300gsm Fabriano 5 Paper. From a limited edition of 20, the print is signed and numbered by the artist.
Contemporary artist Penelope Kelly explores the animal world through a magic realist lens in her bewitching prints. Fascinated by evolutionary processes and the effect of genetic manipulation technologies, Kelly’s prints are part Darwin-esque illustration, part surrealist fantasy, for a stimulating and compelling aesthetic.
‘The Resplendent Rabbit-Bird of Paradise’ depicts a dark blue rabbit-come-bird perched upon a blossoming, golden branch. The distinctive head and ears of the furry mammal give way, gradually, to the feathered chest and beautiful plumed tail of the bird, which fills the print, backed by delicate flowers, in the style of traditional Japanese etchings. Stunning and hypnotic, ‘The Resplendent Rabbit-Bird of Paradise’ is a truly captivating piece of contemporary print work.