Nigel Bird


Much of my work originates from Landscape and the natural environment, my recent work being as much to do with the process of making as it is about I see, hear, smell, taste, feel or touch.  The content of my work is in the form, is in the nature of the making and the nature of the stimulus that informs the method of making.  I do not use colours; they are a distraction. Instead I rely upon using the raw innate colour of black pastel, charcoal, carbon deposits, Indian ink and water.


Principles of Wabi Sabi.Spaces; open and vast, the sounds of the natural environment; of weather. Landscapes; surfaces naturally corroded and eroded. Flowing water; reflections, rhythms and sounds. The Sun; heat and wind. Fires; I saw bushfires in Australia lit by the indigenous peoples of the Northern Territories(1996); the smell and shapes of the smoke; the shapes and forms of the ash left behind. The sound of “making”. Art by Eduardo Chillada, Richard Serra, Ad Reinhardt, David Nash, Frank Stella, Carl Andre, John Virtue, Neville Gabie, John Carter and the Papanya Tula Group of Artists of Central and Western Australia Aspects of Archaeology and Architecture, Oscar Schlemmer`s Triadic Ballet