Wagtail birds by Hove Plinth at Brighton Seafront



‘Wagtail birds by Hove Plinth at Brighton Seafront’

This art print depicts two wagtails as often seen at Brighton seafront, this two in particular, by Hove Plinth and Kings Road.

Digital pigment print from original ink drawings. Printed on fine art paper using archival inks. Available in sizes A0,A1, A2, A3 or A4 as limited editions of 100. Each print is individually signed and numbered.


The pied wagtail is a familiar bird across Brighton and Hove. Its black-and-white markings and long, wagging tail make it easy to identify as it hops across the road or lawn.

Pied wagtails eat insects, but will feed on seeds and even rubbish in winter. They flock together at warm roost sites like reedbeds and sewage works or trees and bushes in city centres. In summer, they defend breeding territories and will nest in ivy, under roofs, in walls, between stones. You can easily identify the pied wagtail as it is a familiar black-and-white bird, with a white face, white belly and white bars on the wings.

Botanical, ornithological and landscape art. John James Audubon and the avocet

In January 2021, I found in a second hand bookshop the Second Volume of a lavish 1966 publication that reproduced the famous original In January 2021, I found in a second hand bookshop the second volume of a lavish 1966 publication that reproduced the famous original watercolour paintings by John James Audubon for ‘Birds of America’. With a curious mind I realised that often one of his images would take years to create and various artists would be involved. Often James would create the main image and other artists would do the plants and another would add the landscape. Initially when you look at them you instantly think, erroneously, that it was a design conceived in one – but no. With this in mind I have created three new prints that follow this system and create a scene that collages a landscape with a habitat with its characteristic plants and birds. The result is a print that mimics a theatre stage design where each subject is depicted in its best light.

Wagtail art

Artists Open Houses is a fantastic festival in Brighton. In the past I have exhibited on a few occasions in an Open House called ‘Reflections of Light and Colour’. The house is run by my very good friend Janice and her husband Rhys helps too. They are a very sporty couple, running marathons together in many locations around the world and often I see them running along the seafront. When I thought of naming these birds, the analogy immediately came to mind. Please meet wagtail Janice and Rhys. This adds a meaning to this print of a metaphor of friendship and gratefulness. 

Hove Plinth

Hove Plinth is a community art project by Hove Civic Society on the historic Hove seafront. It endeavours to showcase a changing programme of contemporary sculpture. The first sculpture on Hove Plinth is Constellation by Jonathan Wright. This sculpture is part mechanical model of the solar system, part film camera and part ship’s compass. The sculpture is a celebration of Hove with images associated with Hove’s past and present.

Kings House Hove

Kings House was built between 1871 and 1874 by James Knowles; originally it was built as seven mansion blocks, and was based on the style of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. It then became a hotel, called the Prince’s Hotel, before being used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War. It has currently been converted and extended to create sixty nine apartments.

Brighton seafront Hove Lawns

The area of grass stretching from the Brighton boundary to St John’s Road is known as Hove Lawns and is possibly one of the most remarkable swathes of turf in the UK. The 1830 Act laid down that no building should be erected south of Brunswick Terrace; the only items allowed were fencing and street lights. The Lawns were looked after first by the Brunswick Square Commissioners, then by the Hove Commissioners, followed by Hove Council and from 1997 by Brighton & Hove Council.

Beach hut art

My friend Clive describes the joy of owning a beach as ‘The piece of the coastline that is ours alone. To have a place to sit, to laugh, to socialise, to think, in front of an endlessly advancing and receding sea, while, above, the seagulls squawk and swoop, and life’s problems seem but a distant flag, waving on the horizon.’

From the beach huts you can look out at the sea and see people, People paddle-boarding in the still, cerulean waters, or your next beach hut neighbours in flip-flops, carrying wine coolers and hampers. In your beach hut you can read the paper, sunbathe, chill. You can make yourself a cup of tea after a dip in the sea. Beach huts are leisure at its best.

Coastal art

This art print has a seaside theme. If you liked this print you can discover more Coastal Art prints in this link.

Photograph of the base drawings for the art print. I draw these on A3 sheets of specialised marker paper with calligraphic brushes, fine-line ink pens, sponges, sand paper and other materials. The medium is ink and sometimes watercolour and charcoal. I scanned these to form the main line work and patterns in the final print.
‘Wagtail birds by Hove Plinth at Brighton Seafront.’ Framed print

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Print sizes: standard landscape

Art print A0 size landscape, Art print A1 size landscape, Art print A2 size landscape, Art print A3 size landscape, Art print A4 size landscape


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