Michael Warren’s art on conservation stamps

In 1988 and 1995, the National Audubon Society’s conservation stamps included paintings of California condors by the artist Michael Warren. The detailed habitat elements are a notable feature of these paintings.

For this post, I show 3 cachets, or first-day covers, that each include a conservation stamp and a larger version of the image by Warren that appears on the stamp.

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The California griffins of Walton Ford

Last autumn, the art gallery Gagosian (Beverly Hills, California) presented Calafia, an exhibition of paintings by Walton Ford. According to the gallery’s press release:

Ford’s work explores where natural history and human culture intersect…. Using the visual language and medium of nineteenth century naturalist illustrators such as John James Audubon, Ford masters the aesthetics of scientific truth only to amplify and subvert them, creating provacative, and sometimes fanciful narratives out of facts.

The California condor appears in the exhibited paintings in both real and surreal form. Here’s a look.

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