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The Promenade, 162 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 4456665 Cell: +64 021 577078
Email: art@artbythesea.co.nz

OUR BIRDS Craig Platt

Major exhibition of new work. Bookmark this page.
December 3 - 18 2021
New Zealand Contemporary Wildlife and Bird Artist/Painter

Craig’s background was in the Graphic Design Industry where he specialised in illustration and packaging for 25 years. This is where he developed his skill of precision and detail, his love of colour and ability to portray a subject using realism. From a young age he raised and rescued birds. Sparrows that had fallen from a nest, blackbirds, thrushes, and many other species spent time in his parents hot water cupboard. He moved on to raise and breed budgies for many years and began to draw birds as a youngster. Craig’s strong interest in the New Zealand outdoors through his love of surfing took him all over the country. It is from these years of observing the natural surroundings and gathering reference that he now draws on to develop his ideas to create his work. Some of these observations now take him to remote areas where he can sit and study subjects for hours in their natural environment. It is here, without distraction he gains an insight into the subtleties of a subjects behaviour. He also finds material in watching birds and how they interact with man made objects in their everyday life and how they inhabit our environment. The importance of our native birds in mythology is becoming more representative in Craig’s work and the sophisticated structure of beliefs and customs involving the birds of this land.

After all the research Craig works on a composition that resembles the vision of a painting he started with. The process begins with sketching and a colour study to see if all the elements in his mind will work. As an illustrator it is his love of colour and detail he looks for when studying a chosen subject and completing a finished piece. Craig uses oils on canvas or panel to produce the final work. The blocking in of the composition begins with broad brush strokes to fill the canvas until satisfied that it is what he wants as a base for the painting. Then building up the painting using finer and finer brushes to achieve the detail. At the end of the painting process he is almost sketching again but with fine brushes instead of pencil right down to the finest detail on a blade of grass or birds eye.

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Craig Platt nz bird art, kea portrait, oil on canvas
Craig Platt nz bird art, Tui portrait, oil on canvas
New 2021 Kea Portrait Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 120cm x 90cm Price: $8800 ENQUIRE NOW
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New 2021 Tui Portrait Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 90cm x 90cm Price: $6800 ENQUIRE NOW
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Craig Platt, nz bird artist, kereru portrait, oil on canvas
Craig Platt nz bird artist, Kingfisher portrait, oil on canvas
New 2021 Kereru Portrait Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 100cm x 100cm ENQUIRE NOW
New 2021 Kingfisher Portrait Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 120cm x 100cm Price: $7500 ENQUIRE NOW Sold

Craig Platt nz bird art, Mallard Ducks, oil on canvas
New 2021 Mallard Ducks Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 122cm x 61cm Price: $5850 ENQUIRE NOW
Craig Platt nz bird art, Karearea, oil on canvas
New 2021 Karearea - The Chase Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 140cm x 100cm ENQUIRE NOW
Craig Platt nz bird art, little Blue Penguins, oil on canvas
New 2021 Little Blue Penguins Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 150cm x 75cm ENQUIRE NOW
Craig Platt nz bird artist, waiting for the tide, Shaggs and Terns, oil on canvas
New 2021 Waiting for the Tide - Shaggs and Terns Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 90cm x 70cm ENQUIRE NOW
Craig Platt nz bird art, Tui show, oil on canvas
New 2021 Tui Show Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 120cm x 100cm ENQUIRE NOW
Craig Platt nz bird art, 4 tui in flax, oil on canvas
New 2021 4 Tui in Flax Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 92cm x 30cm Price: $3200 ENQUIRE NOW
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Craig Platt nz bird art, garden cove, oil on canvas
New 2021 Garden Cove Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 122cm x 61cm Price: $6500 ENQUIRE NOW
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Craig Platt nz bird art, Takahe, oil on canvas  
Craig Platt nz bird art, Tieke, Saddleback, oil on canvas
New 2021 Takahe Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 55cm x 55cm Price: 3200 ENQUIRE NOW
 
New 2021 Tieke Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 38cm x 38cm price: $1250 ENQUIRE NOW
Craig Platt nz bird art, Torpedo Bay Wharf, oil on canvas  
Craig Platt nz bird art, tui in flax, oil on canvas
New 2021 Torpedo Bay Wharf Piles (Terns)
Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 153cm x 102cm ENQUIRE NOW
 
New 2021 Tui in Flax Oil on Canvas - sides painted ready to hang
Size: 45cm x 45cm ENQUIRE NOW




 
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The Promenade, 162 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 4456665 Cell: +64 021 577078
Email: art@artbythesea.co.nz