Our new Reception Selection features work by conservationist printmaker, Beatrice Forshall, whose practice in hand-painted drypoint engraving raises awareness about endangered species, and the dangers of animal trafficking and habitat loss around the world. Beatrice's work features in conservation projects, publications, and in fine art prints such as those on Buy Art | Buy Now. Join us as we explore the stunning species in our new Reception Selection.
Javan Green Magpie : Hand-painted Drypoint Engraving, 75 x 75 cm (85.5 x 84.5 cm) - £1,020
The Javan Green Magpie is a song bird native to Western Java and Indonesia. It’s a member of the crow family and inhabits dense mountain forests. Born blue, it becomes green due to the yellow carotenoids in its diet of lizards, insects and frogs.
In captivity, its feathers turn blue as carotenoids are destroyed by light. Loss of habitat and illegal poaching have made this bird one of the most endangered in the world, with fewer than fifty remaining in the wild.
Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry. Bird singing competitions have become so popular that thirteen species of song bird, including the Javan Gree are now on the brink of extinction.
African Grey and Timneh Grey Parrots : Hand-painted Drypoint Engraving, 102 x 65 cm (120 x 84.5 cm)- £1,080
The Grey Parrot is one of the largest parrots in Africa, famous for its intelligence & ability to mimic human speech. It’s the world’s most traded wild bird, and is particularly susceptible to death in captivity. It’s estimated that up to 65 % of greys die before reaching export markets.
Now recognised as a separate species, the smaller Timneh Parrot is also threatened by deforestation and illegal trafficking.
Hyacinth Macaws : Hand-painted Drypoint Engraving, 85.7 x 75 cm (95.5 x 84.5 cm) - £1,080
Measuring up to 1m in length, the Hyacinth Macaw is the world’s largest parrot and is able to fly speeds of 35 miles per hour. It’s found in Brazil and feeds off native palms, such as the bocaiuva and acuri. The latter is so hard that it cannot be eaten until pre-digested by cattle.
The Hyacinth Mavaw can eat poisonous seeds and unripe fruit inedible to other species. This is thought to be possible because it swallows chunks of clay from river banks which help absorb the poisons. It is a messy eater and plays an important role as seed disperser. It mates for life and nests in holes in the mondavi tree, which it fills with sawdust. It only selects trees which are over 70 years old. It’s a sociable bird, and widow and widower macaws will seek the company of another pair.
The Hyacinth Macaw is endangered because of poaching and habitat loss. The forests in which it lives are being cleared for mechanised agriculture and cattle ranching. In the 1980’s, 10,000 were taken from the wild.
Scarlet Malachite Beetle : Hand-painted Drypoint Engraving, 54 x 54 cm (69.5 x 70.7 cm) - £850
The Scarlet Malachite Beetle is one of the UK's rarest insects. It is found in just eight sites. Its decline is thought to be due to habitat loss and the intensification of agriculture. It feeds on flowers in meadows and overgrown hedgerows. Buttercup pollen is one of its favourite foods.
Black-winged Starling and Bali Myna : Hand-painted Drypoint Engraving, 92.5 x 75 cm (114 x 84.5 cm) - £1,080
The Black-winged Starling is the national bird of Bali. Both the Starling and the Bali Myna are native to the islands of Bali, and are two of the world’s rarest birds. Both species feed on insects, nectar and fruit, and can be found nesting together.
They are highly prized for their song by collectors, and because they’re now so rare and valuable, traffickers even rob local captive breeding centres which have been set up to preserve the species.
Japanese Cranes : Hand-painted Drypoint Engraving, 87 x 117 cm (95.5 x 130.5) - £1,630
In the Orient, the Japanese crane is sacred and seen as a symbol of fidelity, love and longevity. Its wingspan measures up to 2.5 metres. Foraging in deep water, it is the most aquatic species of crane and pairs for life, performing a synchronised courtship dance. It’s found in north-eastern China, Russia, Mongolia, Korea and on the Island of Hokkaido in Northern Japan. The chicks leave their nest after only a couple of days to follow their parents on foraging trips. Due to the intensification of agriculture, industrial development, habitat loss and hunting, this species is now endangered.
These works are available to view in our reception space at 17 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5BD. They can also be viewed and purchased online at Buy Art | Buy Now. For more information about how we can stop wildlife trafficking, go to www.traffic.org. For more information on how we can help save Japanese Cranes, go to www.savingcranes.org. For information on how we can help save the scarlet malachite beetle, go to www.buglife.org.uk.