“I’VE often stopped to marvel at Tim Squires’ unique style of wildlife illustration – redolent of the artists of the Victorian era with painstaking brush and pen strokes that lent themselves to the etching process for plate making.”
– DON KNOWLER, the Mercury.
Art from the wild island of Tasmania
Wildlife artist Tim Squires works in a variety of styles that range from impressionistic sketches to highly detailed renderings. He is inspired by the great nineteenth century natural history artwork of Richter, Lear, Wolf and Audubon, and fascinated by the science of island biogeography, which led Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell-Wallace to develop their theories of evolution.
Wildlife ecologist Dr Sally Bryant writes:
Islands all over the world are special. Their life forms evolve into the smallest, largest or most unusual of their kind. Surrounded by water, islands are a window to evolution through their limiting size and enforced isolation. Madagascar, Galapagos, Hawaii and New Zealand are islands all famous for their rich faunal histories and struggles of survival. Islands are centres of endemism, faunal collapse and species extinction. Tasmania is one of those places.”
Squires and Bryant collaborated on the book Animals of Tasmania: Wildlife of An Incredible Island, which documented and described many of the animals that are unique to the Australian island state of Tasmania, and also explained the complex geological and evolutionary events that led to their confinement and isolation.
This collection of five limited edition, signed prints feature artwork by Tim Squires that was also published in Animals of Tasmania. The prints are highly suitable for individual framing (UV conservation glass is recommended), or for storing in library, museum or private archives and collections.
Each print measures 297 x 420 mm (11.7 x 16.5 in), and is signed and dated (1998) by the artist. Each print includes the Animals of Tasmania publishing mark, together with the name of the species shown, set in small type at the bottom of each print. There are 1000 prints in the edition, and the paper used is 140gsm Saxton Chardonnay.
The prints faithfully reproduce the colours, tones and textures of Squires’ original artwork in pencil, pen, ink and watercolour. Some include colour palette tests and notations that were inspired by the working methods of Edward Lear and John Gould, who often included such details in their preliminary sketches and practice lithographs.
Squires hopes to convey not only his love for the wildlife that is unique to his island home, but also his fascination for the techniques and traditions of classical natural history art. In our modern world which is brimming with cameras and digital images, it is hard to imagine a time when faithful pictures of nature and wildlife could only be produced and distributed by dedicated artists.
ARTIST Tim Squires admits he probably falls on the “obsessive” side when it comes to tigers. I have seen him spend hours pencilling minuscule hairs on the pelts of his thylacine drawings. It is yogic stuff that requires immense concentration and a steady hand, but the results are beautiful, with a textural accuracy rarely achieved in a sketch.
— Simon Bevilacqua, the Mercury.