Chris Gavins has a passion for birdwatching – one might actually call it an obsession. He likes nothing better than driving out West and sitting quietly for hours watching all manner of native birds. These are therefore also his favourite creatures for his beautifully crafted, bronze sculptures. From small scale kookaburras to life-size rainbow bee-eaters, all his works are finely and accurately detailed, but not overworked. Despite the weight of bronze, they convey the lightness of flight or the delicacy of a tiny wren’s leg just perfectly. In this way Chris is sharing his indepth knowledge about birdlife and an added bonus from these trips has been observing lizards, which also feature strongly in his work.
Larger works also incorporate boulder opal collected from trips to Quilpie in Western Queensland.