The Colorful Photorealistic Owls of John Pusateri

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It is always a breath of fresh to come across some of the amazing talents out there, constantly and passionately at work to creating stunning works of art. John Pusateri is one such artist whose work appears to represent a realistic representation of the subject.

John Pusateri’s latest work comprises of a breathtaking series of photo-realistic drawings of colored owls. Upon coming across his work, we were genuinely under the belief that these were photographs of actual owls, only to discover that these are in fact stunningly accurate drawings of colored owls. John Pusateri uses pencils, charcoals and pastels as his primary mediums in creating these beautiful drawings. Pusateri also works as a printmaker and a photographer, all the while working as a teacher in the Department of Architecture at Unitec New Zealand. We were able to gather some statements that motivate his work and creative process, “There was a strange stillness. The birds, for example—where had they gone? Many people spoke of them, puzzled and disturbed. The feeding stations in the backyards were deserted. The few birds seen anywhere were moribund; they trembled violently and could not fly. It was a spring without voices (Carson, 14).”

”Their eyes are the first things to rot. Crows laid about—jet-black feathers, yet darker was where the eyes once were. It started in 1999, Syracuse, New York, where there were regular findings of dead birds. These crows, sparrows, and jays were not peacefully at rest, yet the way they laid upon the land appeared otherwise. They were dying from the West Nile Virus or more likely, they were dying from the insecticides sprayed to kill mosquitoes—the carrier of the virus from bird to human.”

Have a look at his breathtaking photo-realistic colorful owl drawings below, and be sure to check out the rest of his work as well for a refreshing new take on the creative arts.

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