Eggs-el­lent idea for arty Easter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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

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