The symbolic meaning of feathers are often put and read in a spiritual context, like for example feathers in context with the Native Americans.
There feathers deal with ascension and spiritual evolution to a higher plane. Feathers were worn by Native American Chiefs to symbolize their communication with the spirits; furthermore to express their celestial wisdom. In the Native American Indian culture, feathers represented the power of the thunder gods, along with the power of air and wind.
Well Ian Davey is not a Native American, neither he sees absolutely feathers in this context – but I think it gives a whole new reading to his pieces if you put his feathers into a higher, more spiritual context. This 48 old British Contemporary artist draws his paintings on Swan feathers that he collects on the ground.
I admit, it’s a little bit kitsch and repetitive, but so so beautiful and fine. So Yes! I am a FAN!
Each single feather can take up to a week to be painted as it’s quite a delicate work. In my eyes that’s what makes them even more precious, beautiful and I love the fragility of the object in general.
Ian Davey lives in a converted farmhouse in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. His feathers come from a nearby swannery, but Davey underlines that he only uses feathers that naturally felt down on the ground. Afterwards his artistic process starts by cleaning every single feather and by straightening them with tweezers. He prepares sketches of his drawings. Before painting directly on the feathers he applies a primer and works with a special acrylic paint that protects the feather. To nail the most detailed parts, Ian uses a specialized 000-size brush. Waouh! What a meticulous work!
Last glances and I hope you it, as much as I did to share his work with you!