TOM MAZZULLO

ZOOLOGY

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I’ve been drawing zoological specimens longer than almost any other subject. Two series of these works were exhibited in Denver at Spark Gallery as Zoology in 2015 and as Infestation in 2019. I love the challenge of taking a complex subject, placing it in front of me, and producing not only an accurate representation of the specimen, but also a drawing that has the grace and subtlety of a finished silverpoint drawing. More than illustration, I’m trying to make expressive art, internalizing the subject and making a drawing that respects the specimen as a (once) living thing. I’ve been working from specimens I own, as well as from mounts at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the CU Boulder Zoological Collection, with appreciation to both institutions. I frequently work in series, producing groups of related drawings; series work allows me to work on many small drawings rather than one large artwork, a method I prefer.

Giant Grasshopper (Tropidacris dux, Anteriolateral View), 2017, silverpoint on prepared paper, 7 x 10 inches (sheet size)

Giant Grasshopper (Tropidacris dux, Anterolateral View), 2017, silverpoint on prepared paper, 

7 x 10 inches (sheet size)

Lantern Fly (Fulgora laternaria), 2017, silverpoint with palladium on prepared paper, 7.25 x 9 inches (sheet size)

Lantern Fly (Fulgoria laternaria), 2017, silverpoint with palladium on prepared paper, 

7 1/4 x 9 inches (sheet size). Private collection.

Giant Scorpion (Heterometrus spinifer), 2017, silverpoint on prepared paper, 6 1/2 x 9 inches (sheet size)

Giant Scorpion (Heterometrus spinifer), 2017, silverpoint on prepared paper, 

6 1/2 x 9 inches (sheet size)

2014 Bush Cicada (Tibicen dorsatus), 2015, silverpoint on prepared paper, 5 x 7 inches (sheet size)

2014 Bush Cicada (Tibicen dorsatus), 2015, silverpoint on prepared paper, 

5 x 7 inches (sheet size). Private collection.

Huntsman Spider (Malaysia), 2018, silverpoint on prepared paper, 7 x 10 inches (sheet size)

Huntsman Spider (Malaysia), 2018, silverpoint on prepared paper, 7 x 10 inches (sheet size)

Northern White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus), 2014, silverpoint on prepared paper, 7 x 11 inches (sheet size)

Northern White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus), 2014, silverpoint on prepared paper, 7 x 11 inches (sheet size)

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), 2016, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 x 9 inches (sheet size)

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), 2016, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 x 9 inches (sheet size)

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), 2015, silverpoint on prepared paper, 6.5 x 7 inches (sheet size)

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), 2015, silverpoint on prepared paper, 6 1/2 x 7 inches (sheet size)

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), 2014, silverpoint on prepared paper, 15 x 11 inches 
(sheet size)

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), 2014, silverpoint on prepared paper, 15 x 11 inches 

(sheet size)

© 2019 Tom Mazzullo