Ralph Steadman’s Extinct Boids

Ralph Steadman's Extinct Boids

Ralph Steadman is a prolific artist who in his 40 year career has produced thousands of groundbreaking and influential artworks so when Ceri Levy asked him to produce one piece of art representing an extinct bird for a recent exhibition, Ghosts of Gone Birds, Ralph said ‘yes’. Then ‘yes’ again … and again … and again.

Ralph documents them all in a series of remarkable paintings, featuring unique interpretations of well-known birds such as the Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon and Dodo, along with less familiar members – Snail-eating Coua, for example, or the Red-moustached Fruit Dove – and a variety of bizarre beasts including the Gob Swallow, the Long-legged Shortwing and the Needless Smut. All are captured in a riot of expression and colour, with a slice of trademark Steadman humour.

Ralph Steadman's Extinct Boids
Ralph Steadman's Extinct Boids
Ralph Steadman's Extinct Boids