Endangered (in the wild)

Oil on canvas

1220 mm x 1820 mm

The Gouldian finch’s spectacular plumage so impressed discoverer John Gould he named it after his late wife. Now considered endangered, it is restricted to a few small scattered populations due to habitat loss and extensive trapping. Large numbers are bred in captivity with viable breeding populations around the world. Thus the paradox of a caged species that may soon be extinct in the wild – a refugee forever incarcerated by the whims of commerce and human desire. 

Here the finch is a giant for despite its diminutive size. its loss to the wild is a harrowing indictment of our inability to protect the world that nurtured us to dominance.

Open Category

by John Graham