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    Grainger McKoy Studio

    Grainger McKoy in his studio, Sumter County, South Carolina.

    The sculpture of Grainger McKoy defies classification. Though a living artist, McKoy does not operate within the circles of contemporary art or the gallery scene. He carves, burns, and manipulates wood with woodworker’s tools, yet his handiwork is rendered with the passion and expertise of a fine art sculptor.   

    Birds are his subject—an age-old theme that has captured the attention of artists, scientists, and naturalists for centuries. Like a scientist McKoy studies preserved skins and feathers of birds with an objective eye. Like a naturalist he observes birds in their environment, watching how they feed and fly. He knows their predators and prey. As an artist, McKoy shares an interest in depicting avian subjects with many others before him, from John James Audubon (1785–1851) to Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957).

    McKoy’s highly realistic representations of birds are made of basic materials—wood, metal, and paint—yet they grip the observant viewer with trompe l’oeil illusion, while rejecting the confounding trickery often implicit in that “trick of the eye” style. Rather McKoy invites us to question, wonder, observe, and above all, revel in the pure beauty of his birds.      


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