The grace and beauty of birds in flight has inspired a great of variety of artistic interpretations, but perhaps none are unique as Quebec artist Eric Tardif's. His wood sculptures capture the elegant and graceful movements of birds through abstract expressions. But unlike most abstract art, Tardif's designs draw from a lifetime of close observation: “When I was a naturalist at Cap Tourmente National Park,“ explains Eric, “I spent countless hours observing and photographing many species of birds, with intimate exposure to their migration patterns, flights, and lives. “Eric's close encounters with birds inspired a creative desire to convey their beauty through art, and to achieve this, Eric adapted an ancient technique to realize his visions – steam bending.
The innovative character of his works have earned him a number of awards in Japan. Recently, his works Tribute to Audubon (2013) and The Nest (2012) were selected for the prestigious exhibition Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wisconsin in United States.
Awards and Exhibition
2014 Finalist at NICHE awards, Baltimore,
2013 Selected at Birds in Art, International Expo, L. Y.
Woodson Art Museum, U.S.A
2013 Selected at Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII,
Bennington, Vermont, U.S.A.
2013 Selected at Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin
Provincial Park, ON, Canada
2013 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, S.E.W.E.
Charleston, SC, U.S.A.
2012 Selected at Birds in Art, International Expo, L. Y.
Woodson Art Museum, U.S.A.
2005 Marcella Frank Award 2e Prize Sculpture,
W.S.O.A.E., New York City, U.S.A.
2003 Janet Summer Memorial Award 1st Prize,
Greenwich Village, New York City, U.S.A.
2003 Special Prize, L'Art Actuel France - Japan, Tokyo,
2001 Mayor of Kurashiki Prize, International Art
Exchange Exhibition, Japan
2000 Hyogo Prefecture Governor's best foreign artist