Artwork Description / Detail
Ray Ching is considered by many to be one of the foremost wildlife painters of the twentieth century.
Ching paints with layer upon layer of almost transparent paint, moving from watercolours to oils in the early 1980s. Working from life observations as well as taxidermied specimens, each feather, beak and talon is exquisitely rendered on gessoed masonite or canvas.
Ching’s more recent works take these photorealist depictions of birds and other creatures and place them in a setting that defies the very realism for which he is known. Incorporating text, both printed and handwritten, printed comic strips, floating human figures, these paintings contain a multiplicity of stories.