was lucky enough to meet Jan Wilczur, one of the artists who illustrated
Craig Robson's Birds
of South-east Asia, at the 2007 British Birdwatching Fair. Still
in mind that it was voted the most
wanted bird in Thailand I was immediately struck by Jan's fantastic
painting of Gurney's Pitta which, he told me, was painted from field
sketches made at Khao Nor Chu Chi after spending many hours on U-trail
in search of the species.
such an acomplished artist, Jan had many other wonderful paintings
of birds for sale, including a number of other Thai species and
a few of the original plates from Birds of South-east Asia (I loved
the hornbill plate). After discussing Jan's artwork he showed me
the high quality giclee
prints that are also available. The quality of these prints is such
that they are virtually indistinguishable from the original paintings.
Jan has made some of these prints available for sale here: Gurney's
Pitta, Banded Pitta and Rufous-collared Kingfisher - these are reproduced
below and are available for £35 each plus £5 postage
and packaging within the UK (p&p to other countries available
on request). These beautiful prints make wonderful gifts, either
for others or for oneself.
of both the Pittas are also available for sale as are the original
plates from Birds of South-east Asia for hornbills and minivets
& cuckooshrikes - prices available on request. Jan is also able
to take commissions.
If you wish
to purchase some of Jan's fabulous artwork please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
began sketching birds shortly after I started watching them.
Then over several years I contributed numerous black and white
illustrations to bird reports, magazines, tour company brochures
not until I was commissioned to do my first major colour work
that I gave up my proper job to become a full- time illustrator.
Since then I have contributed to several books including Handbook
of the Birds of the World; Birds of the Western Palaearctic,
concise edition; Birds
of South-east Asia; Birds of the Indian Subcontinent and
I have begun to produce paintings from the mass of field sketches
I have accumulated over the years from both Great Britain