If James Audubon dropped acid his prior to working, his detailed renderings might have looked a little like those by surreal nature artist Tiffany Bozic.
Surreal Nature Artist Tiffany Bozic
above: Altruism, 36” x 30” acrylic on maple panel, 2015
above: “Oil Slick” 24” x 24″, acrylic on maple panel wood, 2012
Rendered in intricate detail, her works do not merely record that which she sees, such as Audubon did, but add a new life to the subjects, reflecting her personal feelings.
Coming Together, 72” x 36”, acrylic on maple panel, 2015:
Divide 35” x 40”, acrylic on maple panel, 2014:
Invisible, 26” x 20” acrylic on maple panel, 2014:
Melting Glass 30” x 35”, acrylic on maple panel, 2014:
Mutual Core 36” x 48” acrylic on maple panel, 2014:
Working with acrylic paints in a thin application, she often chooses a maple wood panel in lieu of canvas, allowing the thin grain to show through, giving her work an additionally unusual element.
Strength in Numbers 32” x 45”, acrylic on maple panel, 2014:
Ducks in a Row, 36” x 42”, acrylic on maple panel, 2014:
My Daughters Eyes, 12” x 12” acrylic on maple panel wood, 2012:
Tiffany was one of the artists that Apple has featured in their Start Something New Campaign. For the campaign she was asked to try using an iPad Pro, Pencil stylus and the Procreate app for the first time.
See how she created her iPad painting, Herowana (shown above), which depicts birds, butterflies, and flora of Papua New Guinea here.
Drawn By Instinct
A 2012 book of her monographs, Drawn by Instinct, features several pieces of her work, some of which are shown below.
Drawn By Instinct is available for purchase here
Update: She now has a new book out, Unnatural Selection, which is stunning:
Buy it here
The Creative Lives did this nice little feature on Tiffany and her work as she prepared for a show at Joshua Liner Gallery in 2010 in which she showed them how she inspires herself at the archives of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco:
ABOUT THE ARTIST (from her site):
Tiffany Bozic has spent the majority of her life living with and observing the intricacies of nature. Her work has the traditional air of tightly rendered nature illustrations but with a highly emotional range of surreal metaphorical themes. In her paintings and sketches she presents her vision of life’s struggles and triumphs that are largely autobiographical. Her wide array of subjects are inspired both from her extensive travels to wild places, and the research specimens at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA. Over the years, Bozic has developed a complex process of masking and staining so the natural grain can collaborate with each composition using multiple layers of watered down acrylic paint on maple panels of wood. She has had several solo exhibitions featuring her large-scale paintings and installations. Her work has also been included in numerous group shows across the country, and spoken at international events. She was also the first ‘Artist in Residency’ whereby she collaborated with the California Academy of Sciences, to create the “From the Depths” exhibit on the public floor of the museum, November 2007. Bozic is a self-taught artist currently living and working in her cottage under the redwood trees in Marin, CA.