London Artists Celebrate World Migration Day 10th October


London Artists Celebrate World Migration Day 10th October

London artists celebrate World Migration Day 10th October 2020. We present an online exhibition focusing on birds that migrate each year. Some of them travelling thousands of miles to breed or to feed. …And of course, it’s not just birds that migrate. Sometimes we humans need to migrate too; to find food, or work or refuge from war.

So, from the humble blackbird to the exotic crowned crane, here are some artworks of migrating birds created by some of our very own Skylarks!

Here, below is Eternity a beautiful oil painting about eternal love by London artist Helen Trevisiol Duff. In it we see one red crowned crane, an endangered species in Japan, offering a gingko leaf, the symbol of eternal love, to his life-long partner. Read more details here

Eternity a painting by Helen Trevisiol Duff of two red crested cranes who mate for life
by Helen Trevisiol Duff oil painting on canvas 100x100cm £850

London artist Helen Trevisiol Duff loves all wild life, particularly birds. She was asked by Hanwell Zoo in West London to paint a huge mural on one of their walls. The mural is more than 6 feet high.

Play the video to find out what Helen chose to paint.

During the painting period Helen became quite friendly with the cranes as she was allowed into their enclosure.

The Golden Crested Crane

And here is another crane, the magnificent golden crested crane, shown above. This crane is the national bird of Uganda, and it migrates each year to wetter habitats to nest and rear its young.

The African Cape Penguin

We tend to think of penguins preferring cold environments. However, the juvenile African Cape Penguin tends to disperse along the South African  coastline to the west and north. It often migrates to Angola and even as far as Gabon, Congo and Mozambique!

Hummingbirds, Swifts and Budgies!!

Hummingbirds occupy almost all of North America during the summer months, and remaining tropical at heart, they migrate to Mexico or Central America for the winter.

East Asian swifts migrate from China and Japan in spring and head towards Africa to spend the winter. UK swifts spend most of their lives in the air and migrate through France and Spain to Morocco to take advantage of insect populations there.

Budgerigars in their natural habitat of Australia migrate 250 miles a day in a North to South pattern to find water and feeding grounds. South in spring and North in autumn.

To see more of Helen’s beautiful paintings and to read more about each piece, please visit her online shop

Arts Life

Sarita often includes birds in her work. She sees them as symbols of freedom and messengers of hope. We have chosen two paintings that include migrating swallows.

In “Arts Life” Sarita has used an old newspaper to create a textured background for her mixed media work.

Swallows on a Wire (Wales)

Sarita says; “Swallows can be seen swooping across rooftops and fields all summer, but sightings are short and sweet. They disappear in winter, to escape the cold weather and to follow their main source of food, insects. They make an impressive journey of about 40 days, not resting for even one.”

In this piece Sarita has used old maps of Wales as the background for her work. In this classic image of migration we see the swallows gathering on the telephone wires in preparation for their long flight South.

To see more of Sarita’s work visit her online shop.

``Scandi Noir`` Ceramic Birds

There are certain Scandinavian blackbirds that migrate from Scandinavia to the UK to spend their winter in Britain, and there are also British blackbirds which migrate to the South and West of the UK following the warmer weather.

We love these little birds made in black stoneware clay by ceramic artist Caroline Nuttall-Smith. Every one is unique and incised with coloured slip patterns inspired by Scandinavian pottery and glassware. Hence the title “Scandi Noir”.

Each little blackbird fits snugly in your hand!
To view more of Caroline’s work (she also makes beautiful vases and succulent pots BTW)  visit Caroline’s shop page

Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow bee-eaters are found in summer in the forests of southern Australia. They migrate during winter into northern Australia, New Guinea, and some southern islands of Indonesia. They are ground nesting birds, eat flying insects and have a particularly fondness for bees. Measuring 23-28cm, they are exquisitely coloured in shades of green, brown, yellow and turquoise with black details and a black stripe across the eye.
Amanda says;
“My love of birds started early. My mother was a member of the RSPB (Royal Society for Protection of Birds) and signed me up as a member of the YOC (Young Ornithologists Club) – I still have my treasured member’s badge! I used to await their magazine eagerly each month.   As a child I used to love leafing through Mum’s Reader’s Digest Book of British Birds and I later learned that there were bird lovers on the Australian side of my family too. Perhaps most thrilling of all was finding a rare copy of Popular British Ornithology, published in 1853, written and illustrated by English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse, to whom I am related.
During my lifetime, I too have migrated a number of times, between Australia and England, and am about to make the journey once again, to settle in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. With the abundant birdlife, I will have no shortage of inspiration for new artworks.”
We at Skylark Galleries are delighted that once settled, Amanda will be joining us as one of our online artists.
To view more of Amanda’s work please visit her FaceBook page

Human Migration

“A migrant at Bicske Hungary” is a painting in oils by Stella Tooth. It was inspired by a photograph by Associated Press photographer Petr David Josek. The painting is SOLD.
Stella is a former print news journalist and senior PR for BBC and Sky News. She retrained at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in 2010 in portraiture in oils and is a founding member of the the Lots Road Group of Portrait Painters.
Stella sometimes creates works linked to the news agenda, as with this portrait of a migrant woman looking out of a bus window. She has tried to capture the feeling of being forced to leave one’s home.  Stella works both from life and agreed photos and you can learn more about the commissioning process, and how much it costs to commission a portrait, by clicking here https://skylarkgalleries.com/commissions/

Fly Like an Eagle

Abstract artist Sara Sherwood has taken part in many art exhibitions London.
“Fly like an eagle” was inspired by a quote from the bible “they will soar on wings like eagles”.
The oil on canvas evokes a sense of wonder and freedom. A world beyond what we know. The colours blend and rise majestically on this original work of art to celebrate flight and movement. Beating wings soaring high gliding through the clouds of life. Bald eagles fly higher than many other birds. They migrate alone and in groups for better feeding ground. The golden eagle can be monogamous with their mate for several years or for life.
The wonder of nature is a constant reminder of our beautiful world and this contemporary artist has a deep desire to cherish it and gently reminds us to love one another as the golden eagle. Be free, be happy, alone, together or in a group. That is ultimate peace.
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