Owls have always played a special role in my life.
The past few years I’ve been rehabilitating a 40 acre forested park in Johannesburg called The Wilds, and to get people to visit it again I installed 67 metal owl sculptures, in honour of Mandela’s 67 years of public service. It worked – hundreds of people have now been to the park to see the owls, and the park has come back to life as a public space.
I sold some in limited editions as fundraisers, and made lithographs to say thanks to volunteers who’d helped me. They are all based on charcoal sketches.
More recently I moved my focus back to New York, and the owls which somehow still manage to live in that crazy built up city. I’ve layered my sketches over photographs, and produced them using silkscreen printing.