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Pageantry of Plumage (detail) by John Newsom

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John Newsom took about 2 ½ years to complete each painting in the Bestiary series of work. The oil paintings start out as abstracts with rich impastoed textures that provide a subtle, almost secret, base for the dense depictions of a variety of birds and animals. These close-ups are but details from canvases that burst with colour and movement. Cockatoos, hummingbirds, butterflies, a sleepy owl and cardinals join parrots, raccoons and lizards in this visual adventure.

Artist: John Newsom

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Bestiary runs through June 30, 2013 at Marc Straus in New York.

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Pageantry of Plumage (detail)

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Eager Feeders (detail)

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Ancient Skin (detail)

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