Great Horned Owl Sculpture by JP Clough

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Art Description

Sculpture: Paint, Wood, Glass, Environmental, Found Objects on Wood, Glass, Other.

Inspired by the beauty of wildlife and the great outdoors, I present to you the all-seeing, all-knowing, Great Horned Owl. Conjuring images from a great omniscient power to the nefarious familiar of the witch, the owl is known throughout the world. It can be found throughout the western hemisphere, that is, if you can find it. It's mastery of camouflage is one thing, but it's silence, secrecy, and stealth make it ghost-like in the day or night.

For my Great Horned Owl, to simulate it's feather camouflage, I have used a variety of materials found in nature. applied to a driftwood body as the base to build from. A coconut shell was a perfect match for the head, and additional pieces of driftwood were used for the wings. It's talons are acorn shells with twig pieces for claws, and the fine facial feathers were achieved using cedar bark fibers and spines from a teasel plant. The beak is made using pistachio nut shells. The larger feathers fanning out from the face and covering the rest of the piece, including the ear "horns" are a mix of spruce and pine cone scales. Some color staining is added for effect to the upper mid section. For the eyes, I stepped away from my usual use of natural materials like stone, and opted for a realistic look with back-painted glass cabochons.

From the initial stages of gathering materials, to assemblage and finalizing procedures, this piece was a labor of love that took around 5 months to complete. As with all my sculptures, prior to assembly, all parts go through a cleaning and heat treatment process, as well as tests for quality and strength. Upon completion the sculpture is lightly coated with a protective sealant.

My sculptures embody nature, and nature should be a part of your life and your space. The natural creations of our environment are all the inspiration I need, and it brings me pleasure to re-create with the bounties it provides. As with all my art from the animal kingdom, I hope to take your mind from the concrete jungle, into the real jungle.


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Great Horned Owl

JP Clough

Canada

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Size: 6 W x 15 H x 6 in

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