Miniature Manifestations: Laurel Bustamante

24 Oct

Birds have a long history of symbolism in art.  Their meanings through the years have been as varied as their colors.   Oregon artist Laurel Bustamante has taken the symbolism a step further, creating imaginary birds that represent what it may feel like to be a bird.

The Pearlfisher #2, gouache and acrylic on clayboard, 5x7

But these are not expressionistic paintings in that typically wild, emotive kind of way.  Instead, they are thoughtful studies of mystery and coquettishness of small birds.

Nigthbird in Pompeii, acrylic and gouache on panel, 8x10

These diminutive paintings have an old world, ancient quality to them, but feel modern in their isolated composition.

Bluebird, acrylic and gouache on panel, 8x10

Nocturne in Brazil, acrylic and gouache on panel, 8x10

You can find more of Laurel Bustamante’s work on her ArtSlant profile ( I was unable to locate a website for her ), or on the websites of a number of galleries in which her work is featured:  Augen Gallery, Davis & Cline, Lora Schlesinger and REM Gallery just to name a few.  Flit like a little bird and visit them all!

Featured image is Nightwatch #1, gouache and acrylic on clayboard, 5×7, via REM Gallery.

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