Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Focus on Nature XI exhibition is now open to the public!
It runs through October 31, 2010

NYS MUSEUM EXHIBIT TO FEATURE ILLUSTRATIONS FROM 13 COUNTRIES
(ALBANY, NY) Focus on Nature XI: Natural History Illustration opens April 12 at the New York State Museum, showcasing world-class, juried artwork by top illustrators from 13 countries.
This exhibition, open through October 31in the Photography Gallery, will feature 93 natural history illustrations, representing the work of 73 illustrators from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. The subjects represented are diverse, ranging from those only found in the artists’ home country to those that have a worldwide distribution. They include the Short-beaked Echidna, the Platypus, and the Leadbeater’s Possum, all mammals found only in Australia, and the Red Andreaea, a plant endemic to the Agulhas Negras Mountains of Brazil. Also represented are many birds familiar in the northeastern U.S. such as the Peregrine Falcon, Barred Owl, Connecticut Warbler, House Sparrow, and one of the world’s most widespread -- the Barn Owl. There also are illustrations of an African Dung Beetle, along with the producer of its nourishment -- an African elephant. Also included are recreations of extinct organisms such as the Apatosaurus (a dinosaur), Deinosuchus (an ancient crocodile), and Odontochelys (the ancestor of turtles.)
A five-member jury of artists and scientists selected the pieces on display, based on the illustration’s educational value and artistic quality. The exhibition’s goal is to demonstrate the important role illustration has in natural science research and education, to stimulate curiosity about the world, and bring clearly into focus images of nature that people might not otherwise be able to visualize. Jury Awards will recognize the outstanding achievement of these artists.
“Natural history illustration is both useful to science and appealing to the general public and yet it is an art form that is not often exhibited.” said Patricia Kernan, exhibition curator and scientific illustrator at the Museum. “Most people do not realize that illustrations are still often the primary means used to record science and give explanations of the natural world. While very useful, photography cannot completely replace the accuracy, clarity, and flexibility of good illustrations. For instance, special
diagnostic features can be highlighted, the juxtapositioning of important information can be accomplished, abstract concepts can be diagramed, and extinct organisms can be brought to life. There are examples of all of these in this exhibition.”
Many of the illustrations are created for field guides, textbooks, science articles and presentations. Some of these publications are included in exhibition cases. More information about Focus on Nature can be found at: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/fon/

An online catalog with images and statements by the artists, as well as the names of Jury Award winners, will be available on this website after April 13. An interactive with this information also will be in the exhibition gallery. The State Museum, a cultural program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education, was founded on a tradition of scientific inquiry. Started in 1836, the Museum has the longest continuously operating state natural history research and collection survey in the United States. The Museum is located on Madison Avenue in Albany. Further information is available by calling 474-5877 or visiting the museum website at www.nysm.nysed.gov.

My selected piece:Watercolor, pencil and digital painting. On the expo you could view both the original work on paper and the finished digital print.

And here is another piece, not selected, for the same call for entries (same technique):


Both artworks were made on October 2009


15 comments:

BertoLin said...

Wow, muy guapo el cangrejillo. Le pones un chino dentro y ya tienes otra ilustración para L5R xDDD

Enhorabuena por la selección, compadre!!!

LuisNCT said...

japonés, alberto, japonés... jajaja
Pero si, fué la inspiración para la armadura del samurai ese que ya sabes.

Mikelodigas said...

Genial enhorabuena por la selección lastima que el petirrojo no lo seleccionasen con lo majo que es!

Un saludo.

D.Killer said...

Uau tio, veo que no pierdes el tiempo.
Así me gusta. Felicidades.
Tienes un camino lleno de rosas que te espera.
Cuidate

Anonymous said...

Soy un seguidor de tu blok que no entiende el ingles. Podrias como hacias hasta ahora poner tus comentarios tambien en castellano.

LuisNCT said...

gracia Mike y DK!!

Anonimo, esto es una nota de prensa del museo estatal de Nueva York, donde se hace una exposición de arte naturalista para la cual han seleccionado una imagen mia. La he colgado tal cual, porque no he tenido tiempo (ni ganas) de traducir un texto tan extenso.
Lo siento

Athenea said...

mmm.. Felicidades por tu logro. Siempre he pensado que tienes talento, asi que era de esperarse. mm... Ese pajarito, si no me equivoco, ya lo habias dibujado vivo.. que me acuerdo que se veia tan real, que nomas le faltaba cantar.. jejej.. No me gusto verlo muerto. Pero bueno, Saludos, y sigo leyendote.

MIKBARO said...

ahhhhhhh! que habias dejado el blog para hacer un return in english!!! :P

Enhorabuena

Paper said...

:D este lo vi en vivo y en directo y me encantó ^^!!! aunque no te comente mucho (tengo pánico ciberescénico) echaba de menos posts sabrosos como este.

LuisNCT said...

si Mik, cada dos años haré un parón para volver en un idioma distinto, ahora quiero aprender francés.
Paper, en vivo y en directo?

Pimplarian Pudus said...

Ops!!! Muchas gracias!! Pero vamos que mis felicitaciones para ti son mas grandes y gordas, enhorabuena Luisaa!!

LuisNCT said...

Gracias Sandrooo! pero lo tuyo mola mas, que has tenido que enfrentarte a la nube del volcan y todo, jaja

Anonymous said...

Increíbles los dos, tienes una frescura en las ilustraciones impresionantes, genial el estilo inacabado en ciertas partes del cangrejo, lo hacen aún más bueno!

mateu.

Ana said...
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MIKBARO said...

ahi te veo práctico, el francés es mucho más util en este oficio ;)

Mk