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The Pillager by James Kearns

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Mixed media on canvas.
Approx. 2 × 1 metres in size.

The story in this painting is of a magpie stealing a helpless mothers egg in an urban environment. The cruelties of nature that we are too busy to notice.


  • winniepuss
    winniepussalmost 4 years ago

    woa. i love this james..saw it come up and didnt know it was yours..but its soo good.

  • hey thanks. just felt the urge and knocked it out tonight. not 100% sure its finished but quite happy. much better in person cos its about 2 × 1 metres

    – James Kearns

  • catchingthesun
    catchingthesunalmost 4 years ago

    its great;)

  • John Fish
    John Fishalmost 4 years ago

    a stunning painting and I find the story description behind it very moving. the black and gray colors go perfectly with this urban scene and the disturbing theme of cruelty. Yet the image is simple beautifully painted

  • Thankyou so much John

    – James Kearns

  • Sandrine Pelissier
    Sandrine Pelis...almost 4 years ago

    Very nice! It seems all abstract at first glance then you start to see the bird, the car, the nest…
    Great painting!

  • thankyou, yea i like letting the viewer work their way across the painting making new discoveries. theres 3 birds in there but quite hard to see in the photo

    – James Kearns

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago


  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kualmost 4 years ago

    that rotten magpie! great image though . . .

  • Zolton
    Zoltonalmost 4 years ago

    Really cool!

  • Sandrine Pelissier
    Sandrine Pelis...almost 4 years ago

    I see them well, but I am typing too fast :-)

  • Marlies Odehnal
    Marlies Odehnalalmost 4 years ago

    Great idea and phantasy. Love it.

  • mitsi
    mitsialmost 4 years ago

    love this :)

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