New exhibition – The Art of Science: Taxidermy by Jack Fishwick
Opening tomorrow is our exciting new exhibition The Art of Science: Taxidermy by Jack Fishwick.
For Jack Fishwick taxidermy is an art form. But it is art based on a deep understanding and careful observation of the natural world. From a very early age he was fascinated by natural history and had a passion for drawing and painting wildlife. He has risen to the profession’s highest level, winning international championships and becoming a judge and instructor at all of the world’s major taxidermy events.
Museums use taxidermy to present animals posed as if they were still alive. The real skin is mounted over an artificial body or armature to recreate a lifelike shape. Few museum specimens are by named artists and until recently the skill of the taxidermist has rarely been acknowledged. A recent revival has renewed our appreciation of taxidermy as an art.
This exhibition has been more than five years in the making. The works on display illustrate Jack’s enthusiasm for the art of nature and the science of art.