Courtney Brims - 'Mallee Emu Wren (female)' - coloured pencils on Arches watercolour paper - 12.5 x 20.5cm (5"x8")
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Courtney Brims (Australia) is a Brisbane-based artist and illustrator. Courtney creates intricate pencil drawings that seem to stem from a world that hovers between a daydream and a nightmare. She graduated with a degree in interior design from QUT before becoming a full-time artist in 2008. Since then she has had numerous solo shows across Australia and the US and collaborated with national and international brands. Courtney’s work explores her curiosity with the natural world, specifically the interplay between prey and predator through adaptation and metamorphosis. Behind the ornamental and ethereal charm of flowers, animals and beautiful females lies the cunning and unsettling underbelly of nature where it’s survival of the fittest. She depicts scenes where animals become entangled within weaving hair and vines and nest in skeletal remnants, hinting at humanity’s impermanence.