The Deathbird

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The Deathbird - Main.jpg
The Deathbird - Closeup.jpg
The Deathbird - Framing.jpg
The Deathbird - Certificate.jpg
The Deathbird - Square.jpg
Joaquin Holding Print.jpg

The Deathbird

200.00

This is a limited run of 100 archival prints at this paper size of 20"x16". I personally inspect, sign and number each print. Prints come with a signed certificate of authenticity, and a description sheet for the artwork.

If you would prefer the edition number and signature on the back of your print, please be sure to let me know when ordering.

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The Story Behind This Image

The Deathbird is inspired by the short story of the same name by Harlan Ellison, which I read for the first time in my mid-thirties, when it had an immediate impact on me. I had to illustrate this apocalyptic poetry of death, loss, and redemption.

I chose the image of the bird covering an already barren Earth, where the cracks of the tectonic plates glow hot as the drying lump of dirt takes a final sigh before oblivion, which echoes the climactic ending of the short story.

The patterns on the bird were inspired by the works of Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński, and were painted delicately, stroke by stroke, in an obsessive, carpal-tunnel fueled trance. The bird itself is a Caprimulguidae, a goat sucker, a night hawk, a crepuscular apparition of shimmering eyes, a symbiote of the shadows. As a birder, I've always been fascinated by these night creatures.

Harlan died shortly after I finished this piece. I had just been trying to reach him the day before his death, I wanted him to see this image. He didn't get to, but it was displayed on his website as a tribute, and that felt like the right place for it to be, after all.

"Then the Deathbird raised its head to the star-filled sky and repeated the sigh of loss the Earth had felt at the end."