Born in New Zealand in 1945, Twigden is a specialist painter of zoological and botanical subjects. He is a specialist painter of zoological and botanical subjects, mainly birdlife, in oils on hardboard and in gold leaf, pen and watercolour. His first one man showing was in Sydney, Australia in 1971, the theme being conservation and anti-pollution. Since 1972 he has published eight limited edition books on birds, fishes and the Australian Parrot series for the Australian Museum, and the 1976 Papua New Guinea stamp series. He travelled extensively all over the world concentrating on painting the world's most beautiful birds, fishes and plants. After 22 years based in Sydney, Twigden returned to Auckland about 1990 where he has enjoyed rediscovering his homeland and his natural heritage through his own Bird Garden
The earliest auction listing we have for Blake Twigden is in 1975 and in total 170 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 99 (58%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $3,960 for Sulphur Crested Cockatoos sold by Lawsons in September 1993. This year 5 works have been offered for sale. Works by Blake Twigden are held by the National Gallery of Australia.
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Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
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