Neil Rizos, “Nashville Warbler,” oil

You’ve got until December 10 to take a fantastic creative journey with artist Neil Rizos during his latest solo exhibition, featuring bronzes, paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, and more!

More than 50 works by artist/explorer Neil Rizos are currently on display at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, located in Jamestown, New York. He works in a wide variety of media, including bronze, painting, pastel, and printmaking — Rizos’ techniques are as unique as the many places he visits.

Neil Rizos, “Whimbrel”

Although the artist has a predominant creative interest in birds, viewers will certainly get a feeling for Rizos’ lifelong exploration of art and nature. “For more than 25 years,” the museum writes, “Rizos has pursued his interest in birds, art and the natural world. He has travelled widely, participating in bird research projects with public and private agencies in North America and Europe. In 2016, he was invited to Austria to observe the European Union’s Northern Bald Ibis reintroduction program. He has been recognized with numerous awards and artist residencies, and his work is in notable private and public collections internationally, including the US Library of Congress.”

Neil Rizos, “African Crowned Eagle,” pastel and chalk

Discussing his new works, Rizos said, “Birds are the starting point of my artistic journey. Although the species are often recognizable, my purpose is not to copy appearances. Rather, my intention is to make my personal, interior experience visible in a way that engages the viewer deeply, moving through form into that which cannot be grasped, only experienced.”

To learn more, visit the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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