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Birdman

Item Code: SB-bdman-s
Medium
Driftwood
Date of Work
14.02.2013
Signed
Signed
Height (cm)
111
Width (cm)
89
Base price £2,750
This composition started with the rectangular head, whose eyes and mouth were originally knots which, I believe, fell out during its long sea voyage. Picked up on the beach 12 or 14 years ago, it is of special significance for me.

In the early ‘80s I worked at an Elizabethan manor-house that was eventually bought by the artist Sir Sidney Nolan and his wife Lady Mary. Whilst I never met him, Jo and I became very friendly with Mary. Looking at pictures of his Ned Kelly paintings I was struck at how much my rectangular piece of driftwood resembled Kelly’s helmet and constructed my own version of the infamous outlaw. Chatting with Mary one day, I asked if she would mind me putting my sculpture in our shop window with a label: ‘Ned Kelly. By the other Sid.’

Typical of her generous spirit, she wholeheartedly approved, whilst I am very pleased that nobody bought it so that it could become ‘Bird Man’. His slender body offers an inviting arm whose hand makes just the right perch for a bird. Where base meets bough, the lovely curved bird body softens straight lines, whilst at the foot, a small bird looks for scraps. The use of three very different birds is unified by similarly pronounced eye-knots which tie them together in scale. Bird Man’s head can swivel so he can be calling, whistling or just ‘ooohhing’ in admiration of his feathered friends.
Sid Burnard portraitSid Burnard was born in Brighton in 1948. Introduced to the art of beachcombing by his Romany grandmother, Sid learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature from an early age. His time at Bristol Guild of Applied Arts gave him a profound understanding of visual arts and crafts and allowed him to put his personal vision into practice.

He is now based in Borth near Aberystwyth in Wales, where the flotsam and jetsam from the nearby sea is his only source of materials. Working with found objects, nothing is changed - simply introduced to one another. His driftwood pieces, usually birds, boats or mythical beasts, are full of his passion, integrity and wonderful humour.
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