The Art of Murmurations
|I am beyond excited to announce my new series of paintings titled "En Masse: The Art of Murmurations". Just as every shift of the murmuration is called a critical transition, so too is my body of work at this point in my career. I will spend the next several months painting murmuration iterations with the culmination of an opening show set for the Fall of 2019. This will be a migrating show (hitting at least 3 cities) combining layered & abstract backgrounds with pattered foregrounds of starling murmurations. Details to follow. • My first five paintings within this new series are to the right. → → →|
If you follow my Instagram stories, you will already know that I am frequented by a neighborhood Peregrine Falcon. I video him with my shaky iPhone whenever the time is right. He’s fascinated me for the last few years.
The secret of murmurations lies in the same systems that apply to anything on the cusp of a shift, like snow before an avalanche, where the velocity of one bird affects the velocity of the rest. It's called "scale-free correlation," and every shift of the murmuration is called a critical transition. Giorgio Parisi, a theoretical physicist with the University of Rome, lead a research team looking into the amazing movement of starlings and published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. "Look for starlings in the cooler months near dairies, feedlots, vineyards, or anywhere agricultural leftovers are present. When you find them in their multitudes — critical mass, so to speak — a Peregrine Falcon is probably close by, or perhaps a Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Cooper’s Hawk, or even a Red-tailed Hawk. All are capable of invoking the cloud response, though none so spectacularly as a peregrine."
[SOURCE: The Science Behind Starling Murmurations]
Inspiration: Bird Ballet
Hilton @ Columbia Center
"South Carolina Flight"
(75" x 75")
"South Carolina Flight II"
(75" x 75")
"Upstate in Motion" (180" x 72")
The Embassy Suites
of "Greenville Roots"
Prints on Canvas
(Double Queen Suites)
69in x 144in.
Main Lobby - triptych piece
One N. Main Street
Asheville Art Museum
of the Upstate
A collaborative work
Recent Murmuration Paintings
"En Masse", 48in. x 60in.
Oil, Acrylic, and Liquid Gold Leaf on Canvas - $4800
"On The Horizon", 42in. x 42in.
Oil, Gold Leaf, and Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel - $2650
"Through The Light", 24in. x 24in. Gold Leaf, Acrylic, & Oil on Cradled Wooden Panel - $1350
"On the Edge", 29.5in. x 29.5in. Oil & Acrylic on Wood
Framed in Reclaimed Natural Oak - $1650
"Of the Earth", 14in. x 36in.
Oil & Acrylic on MasoniteFramed in Brushed Steel - $1350