Title: Snake Stamper – Secretary Bird – Absolute Hooligan
Medium: Spray paint, graffiti cleaner, acrylic, Highland Midges on canvas
Artist: Tim Niall-Harris
Size: 100cm x 120cm
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The secretarybird or secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a very large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Saharan region. Although a member of the order Accipitriformes, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, hawks, vultures, and harriers, it is given its own family, Sagittariidae.
It appears on the coats of arms of Sudan and South Africa.
Its common name is popularly thought to derive from the crest of long quill-like feathers, lending the bird the appearance of a secretary with quill pens tucked behind their ear, as was once common practice. A more recent hypothesis is that “secretary” is borrowed from a French corruption of the Arabic saqr-et-tair or “hunter-bird.”
The generic name Sagittarius is Latin for “archer,” perhaps likening the secretary bird’s “quills” to a quiver of arrows, and the specific epithet serpentarius recalls the bird’s skill as a hunter of reptiles.
Tim Niall-Harris Bio
Tim Niall-Harris and his creative journey began in the remote corners of the world and then leached out onto canvas, paper and abandoned walls.
Working in a wide range of media from spray paint to traditional oils Tim’s art gives voices to the rare and exotic bird species of the world.
As his practice developed, Tim’s exotic bird species have found their way into the galleries and homes of collectors in the UK and the world.
Deeply connected to the wild places where his studio can be found in the Highlands of Scotland, but firmly connected to the contemporary.
Absolute Hooligan bird paintings can be found on walls and in private client collections around the world.
Based on Speyside, Scotland venturing out of the hills for art projects in all corners of the world
Secretary Bird – Absolute Hooligan spray paint art by Tim Niall-Harris