Chris Maynard. USA

 

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Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art. Combining his artistic sense and scientific knowledge into a new art form. His message is one of beauty and appreciation of life.  Using surgery tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows. Unlike a painter’s palette, the choice of colors in feathers is quite limited. Nevertheless, Maynard keeps the natural colors and patterns of each feather. 

Many of the birds whose shed feathers he recycles into his art are still alive. He gets his feathers from aviaries and all are legal to have.

 Since feathers can represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams, Mr. Maynard is grateful that his art has hit a soft-spot in the hearts of many people and cultures. His work is in museums and private collections in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia and has been featured in print and online around the world. Mr. Maynard’s recent book, Feathers Form and Function highlights his art while informing us about what feathers are, how they grow, what they do for birds, and what they mean to us.

 

Select Solo Shows

  • 2017, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA
  • 2017, 2016: Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2016, 2014: IFC Mall Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • 2015: Lieutenant Governor’s Art Council, Washington State Capitol, Olympia, WA
  • 2013: Washington Center for the Performing Arts Gallery, Olympia, WA

Select Group Shows

2018

  • 2018, WRJ Design, , Jackson, WY
  • National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO

2017

  • Southeast Wildlife Expo, Charleston, SC
  • Coors Western Art Show, Golden, CO

2016

  • Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, Thomasville, GA
  • Art and the Animal, Society of Animal Artists' 56th Annual Exhibition, Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, Canton Art Museum, Canton, OH, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
  • Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
  • Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY
  • Bodies + Beings, Abmeyer & Wood, Seattle, WA
  • Art Aspen, CO
  • Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon Island, WA
  • Southeast Wildlife Expo, Charleston, SC
  • Coors Western Art Show, Golden, CO (People’s Choice Award)

2015

  • Art Miami, NOW Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
  • Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wassau, WI
  • Art and the Animal, Society of Animal Artists' 55th Annual Exhibition, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY (Merit Award)
  • Adaptations, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Artists for Conservation, Annual Exhibit, Grouse Mountain Resort, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Compositions, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT

2014

  • Artists for Conservation, Annual Exhibit, Grouse Mountain Resort, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Animals in Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (Honorable Mention)
  • Crow/Raven: Magic and Mystery, artEAST Art Center, Issaquah, WA

Selected Commissions

  • 2017: Zhejian Natural History Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • 2017: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • 2013–2018: White Bird Dance Awards, Portland OR
  • 2013: City of Olympia, WA
  • Private commissions throughout the USA; in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Spain

Awards

  • 2016: People’s Choice Award, Coors Western Art Show, Denver, CO
  • 2015: Merit Award, Society of Animal Artists, NY
  • 2015: Conservation Artist Award, Artists for Conservation, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2014: Honorable Mention, Animals in Art, Baton Rouge, LA

Appearances

  • “Reimagining Feathers,” PINC Talk, Zeist, Netherlands, 2018
  • “Feathers and Art,” Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, 2017
  • “The World in a Feather,” TEDx Talk, Washington Center for Performing Arts, Olympia, WA, 2015
  • "Olympia man transforms feathers into art," New Day Northwest, KING-5 TV, December 8, 2015
  • Talk, Tacoma Art Museum, 2014
  • Keynote, Audubon Annual, 2013
  • REI, Adventure & Conservation Speaker Series, 2013

Select Publications

  • Chris Maynard, Feathers, Form and Function: what feathers are, how they work, and why we find them alluring. Art and text by Chris Maynard. Aviva Publishing, NY, November 2014
  • “Jump into Video Marketing” (front cover), Profession Artist Magazine, January 2018
  • “Ascension”, American Artist Magazine, June 2017
  • “Rendering Feathers”, Covey Rise Magazine, February-March 2017
  • Western Art and Architecture: On a Wing, February-March 2017
  • Sandu Cultural Media, Alchemy—The Art and Craft of Illustration, Gingko Press, 2016

Collections

  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Winslow, WA
  • Zhejiang Natural History Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • Group Health Orthopedics, Olympia, WA
  • Marriott Park Lane Hotel, London, UK
  • Park Hyatt Hotel, Mallorca, Spain
  • City of Olympia
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Private collections throughout the USA; in Australia; China; Japan; Great Britain; France; Spain; New Zealand

Select Press

  • “Birds Lend Plumage to Feathered Artwork”, Seattle Times, May 14, 2017
  • “Something Worth Tweeting About” Real Change, April 26-May 2, 2017
  • "The Man Who Reincarnates Feathers," Audubon, July 29, 2016
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody: Olympia, Washington," American Craft, July 15, 2016
  • "Olympia artist finds inspiration in a light-as-air material," Seattle Times, December 20, 2015
  • "A Comforting Gentleness–Interview with Feather Artist Chris Maynard!" Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 11, 2015
  • "Plume Perfection: Chris Maynard’s Feather Art," American Lifestyle, November 2014
  • "Beautiful Artwork Cut Out of Feathers," Smithsonian, January 10, 2013

Videos

Gallery Representation

  • Ric Michel Fine Art, New York, NY
  • Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Galerie Bettina, Paris, France

Education

  • 2012, EDGE Professional Development Program, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
  • 1987, B.A., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

Other Experience

  • 2017: Curi Cancha Artist Residency, Costa Rica