About Chris Spiker Art

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I can best be called an Australian Native Bird Artist.

I grew up in Victoria and later moved to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory where we lived as a family for over 11 years,  a relatively short stint in Adelaide, South Australia and eventually Western Australia from 1991. We have lived in Margaret River since 2006. We now produce an increasingly popular range of prints and greeting cards based on my original watercolour paintings.

Creating pictures through the mediums of painting and drawing is a key element in how I enjoy life.  I mainly paint pictures of Australian Native Birds, rural landscapes and bush tracks.

My interpretation of places, recognition of details in nature, and maintaining relevant proportions in pictorial form results from my years working as a design draftsman.

My preferred mediums are watercolour  and drawing in either pen and ink or pencil. Practically all of my watercolour paintings are on Arches 300gsm hot pressed paper which provides a beautiful smooth surface for capturing detail and completing fine line-work. I use only the finest quality professional artist’s paints available.

My purpose in painting is firstly to express my personal artistic nature or character- I “see” things and therefore just simply want to create a picture of what I see. But far more importantly than that, I paint birds because I love them for their habitual diversity and beauty. And then of course I paint birds with the hope that I might encourage other people to appreciate the need to ensure the permanent preservation of birds generally and in particular our Australian Black Cockatoos and smaller Parrots and bush birds that are increasingly vulnerable for many reasons.

And my favourite Australian Native Bird is the Great Crested Grebe.

38 A4N38 Great Crested Grebe

 

Contact Details:

Chris Spiker

Mobile: 0478 603 067

email: spikercs@gmail.com

Awards

First prize Harvey Art Show (Landscape painting)

First Prize Pinjarra Art Show (Landscape painting)

Highly Commended 2015 – Wildlife Artists Society of Australia

2018 Head of School & People’s Choice Award at University of Western Australia 2018 Biology as Art Exhibition and Awards

(I rarely enter competitions these days)

Disclaimer
The information contained on this website is accurate and reliable to the best of our ability at the time the information was added to the webpages. All works of art are available from the locations and for the prices shown but both the location and price may vary according to the personal decision of the artist. The artist reserves the right to withdraw any artwork from sale at any time. Persons interested in either viewing or purchasing work are recommended to contact the artist or relevant gallery prior to any visit being undertaken

4 Comments on “About Chris Spiker Art

  1. Awesome work . I especially love that you name birds as well as the plants/trees. I have lots of both in my garden in Bedfordale. Thanks for sharing. Heather Wall née Carnaby..(Ivan Carnaby was my father..after whom the Carnaby’s Cockatoo was named)

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    • Firstly an apology for not responding earlier as I have been somewhat distracted lately by a few things going on.
      I am fascinated to hear from you in regards to the naming of the Carnaby’s- it must be a real joy to hear references to them when out and about. They could almost be family. They are lovely birds and I love painting them, as, like many people with bush, we see them from time to time in our garden trees here in Margaret River.

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  2. Hi Chris. I’m stunned by the accuracy, vibrancy and legitimacy of your paintings. They’re all so very, very good. Your painting of the ‘Rock Star of the forest – the red tailed black cockatoo’ came up on Margaret River Open Studios Facebook post and therein my feed. Loved the detail and the character of the bird so much I had to look at your works on the web. I’m the lamest artist, but having discovered art at 52 I now really appreciate the quality and breadth of creativity out there in the art world. Your works are extraordinary. Thank you. Kind regards, Dave

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    • Hi Dave
      Thank you for your very kind comments and apologize for not responding earlier. Keep on painting and observing and bring them together and the enjoyment will develop and remain.

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