The Red List – Cuckoo


Mezzotint engraving, hand pulled. 1/10

The clever and cunning cuckoo, who waits and watches to lay her eggs in another bird’s nest. The layers of deception are deep and complex for success, but despite all their cunning the cuckoo is in harsh decline.

Dimensions: 20cm x 24cm


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About The Red List Series

Currently 67 birds are on the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man Red List of conservation concern.

Working in a range of dark tones, the true colour of the bird is absent, archived as if from an old book, before lithography transformed colour prints for widespread publication, perhaps from a time when the population of these particular birds was of no concern.

BIrds are a symbol of freedom, if we lose them we will come crashing back down to earth, with a bump. The delicate connections and interrelations between us, our landscape, flora and fauna dictates the wider climate emergency. Through archiving these birds I wish to raise awareness of their unique characteristics and personal histories. I am creating rgese mezzotints in the hope that they will not become merely another memory. Please enjoy them, buy one or maybe collect the whole lot and keep their spirit alive and well.

More birds will be added as the mezzotint plates are completed and printed. Next up the Yellow Wagtail.

A note about this piece

Please note: the images reflect the best likeness of the artwork, however please take into account that all artworks are printed by hand and there may be tiny variations. Also different monitors have different settings, therefore may look slightly different. If you are unhappy with your purchase, please let me know.

Postage and Delivery

Unframed: UK Standard Royal Mail delivery – Signed for 1st Class £2.69 (Delivery within 3-5 working days)

Framed: Uk Standard Royal Mail Delivery – Signed for 1st Class £7.50

Please note: Framed orders will take a little longer to turnaround. 7-10 days on average.