THE ART OF NA­TURE

There is only one univer­sity course in Aus­tralia ded­i­cated to the art of nat­u­ral his­tory il­lus­tra­tion. Its out­put is stun­ning.

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A new gen­er­a­tion of tal­ented artists keeps alive the tra­di­tion of nat­u­ral his­tory il­lus­tra­tion.

NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY IL­LUS­TRA­TION com­bines hy­per-real de­tail with aes­thetic ap­peal, but the re­sults are of­ten ad­mired more than their mak­ers are re­mem­bered. Who now re­calls Ho­race Knight, the English artist who drew highly de­tailed moths and bee­tles for the Bri­tish Mu­seum in the early 1900s? Or Ni­co­las Huet the Younger, the French artist who drew colour­ful ex­otic birds and mam­mals for Napoleon?

Per­haps the stu­dents in the Univer­sity of New­cas­tle’s Bach­e­lor of Nat­u­ral His­tory Il­lus­tra­tion course will fare bet­ter, given the ev­i­dent tal­ent of con­venor An­drew How­ells and his charges.

Cos­mos presents this se­lec­tion from the next gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian wildlife artists.

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