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Justin Gibbens' Spider-Birds

Illustration // Thursday, 31 Jul 2014

A master draftsman, Justin Gibbens was trained in both scientific illustration and traditional Chinese painting-a skill set that he employs in his zoological drawings. Gibbens' stylized and embellished beasts speak of evolution, mutation and biodiversity, and perhaps serve as cautionary tales and stand-ins for our anthropocentric selves. By lifting the formal conventions of classic natural science illustration, Gibbens imagines legendary and diabolical beasts through the lens of a 19th century field artist.


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