Sale: Tim Hayward – New Works

Location: Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery, London SW10. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7351 0410. Catalogue online at www.jonathancooper.co.uk

Date: Until May 7

Need to know: Tim Hayward trained as a graphic designer, but his rural upbringing led him to embark on a career as a freelance wildlife illustrator during the 1970s. His drawings of birds, animals and their habitats have appeared in everything from Reader’s Digest to the literature of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and an acclaimed series of American wildlife books. He gave up illustration 11 years ago to concentrate on painting for exhibitions and individual clients, and his work is now held by collectors including the Duke of Bedford and Lady Salisbury. The antithesis of the bland creations of the Victorian wildlife painters, Hayward’s images succeed in bringing the subject to life – his falcons swoop convincingly and his cockerels strut with pride.

Highlights: When he’s not stalking them in the wild with sketchbook, camera and binoculars, Hayward finds his subjects in the rare-breed farms and falconry centres near his Devon base. Initial drawings evolve into full-scale watercolour compositions back at the studio, where he spends up to a month working up the detail that imbues the birds with personality. The current enthusiasm for domestic poultry rearing makes these latest Hayward works entirely à la mode – trendy chicken-keepers will relate to “A Domestic”, which depicts a fracas between three hens and a cockerel (£9,000), while lovers of the exotic will appreciate “Cock-a-hoop”, which shows a Silver Spangled Hamburg perched on a croquet hoop (£6,200). There’s more avian comedy in “Wrong Turn”, which shows a hen among ducks (£7,000), while the grace of an owl in flight is shown in “Barn Owl” (£8,000). All prices include frames.

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