Eggs-ellent idea for arty Easter
PORT Douglas jeweller Michael Edwards is turning crocodile and emu eggs into unique artworks.
Inspired by the famous Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte, Mr Edwards started painting figures on bottles and eyes and lips on emu eggs many years ago.
He collects the eggs from Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures after they have been cleaned and uses artist’s oils to paint the shell which shines through producing an image with a unique luminescence.
“The pure glassy white surface of a crocodile egg is perfect for painting - similar to ivory,” he said.
As a surrealist artist, Mr Edwards enjoys painting lips and eyes on objects and believes eggs are the ideal shape.
“Initially I plan to paint 20 eggs to coincide with Easter,” he said. “I plan to offer further limited editions possibly set with silver through my jewellery e-shop. “
He is also decorating emu eggs with illustrations take from John Tenniel’s famous drawing for Alice Through The Looking Glass.
“I love these classic drawings from my childhood and wanted to recreate them as unusual artworks,” he said.
The eggs are $35 each and are available through the Port Douglas Artists Gallery at the Marina.
Croc shock: jewellery artist Michael Edwards with some of his creations