The Parson Bird
Jo Gallagher

The Parson Bird

Acrylic on plywood.


The early colonists named it the Parson bird in allusion to the peculiar tufts of white feathers that adorn its throat, and their fancied resemblance to the clerical bands.

This series of work use the native tui, as both subject and object. They have been given a character and a starring role in Jo's painting in order to voice her interest in the idiosyncratic and distinctive world we live in.