​exploring the fine line between art and reality

I always loved butterflies. I used to collect them as a child, but at some point I stopped. I couldn’t bear having to kill them.

Now, in my project “Song of the Butterfly”, I explore the fine line between art and reality by creating butterflies from wood and painting them by hand. I frame them with their (scientific) names, but without glass and without pins: they’re free, as it were, to come and go as they please.

I choose to con­cen­trate on real, native species: this is my humble ode to nature. My pieces are, however, slightly larger than life-size; while still looking real, this empha­sizes their grace and presence.

A selection of these handmade butterflies is presented below.

 

Eyal
Some time around 1975...  

Old World swallowtail
old world swallowtail
Papilio machaon
19.4 × 15 cm
 

Plain Tiger
plain tiger
Danaus chrysippus
16.2 × 12 cm
 


European Peacock
european peacock
Aglais io
17.2 × 13.6 cm
 

Red Admiral
red admiral
Vanessa atalanta
14 x 11 cm
 

Small Tortoiseshell
small tortoiseshell
Aglais urticae
17.2 × 13.8 cm
 

Cabbage White
cabbage white
Pieris rapae
14 x 11 cm
 

Silver-striped hawk-moth
silver-striped hawk-moth
Hippotion celerio
19 × 14.6 cm
 

Hummingbird hawk-moth
hummingbird hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum
14 × 11.5 cm
 

Peach Blossom
peach blossom
Thyatira batis
14.5 x 11.5 cm
 

Eyed hawk-moth
eyed hawk-moth
Smerinthus ocellatus
18 × 13 cm
 

Lime hawk-moth
lime hawk-moth
Mimas tiliae
16.5 × 13 cm
 

Willowherb hawkmoth
willowherb hawkmoth
Proserpinus proserpina
16.5 × 13 cm
 

Giant Peacock Moth
giant peacock moth
Saturnia pyri
25.8 × 18.8 cm
 

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prices

All the pieces are for sale and can be shipped inter­nationally. Each image links to a separate page with price and details.

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availability

Many pieces have already been sold. New ones can be com­mis­sioned, and usually take about two or three weeks to complete.

Just like in nature, they’re similar but never identical; each piece is unique. You can follow the process with pictures and see the end result before delivery.

 



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news

exhibition elisabeth vreedehuis

Song of the Butterfly is on exhibition at the gallery of Elisabeth Vreedehuis, now extended until november 25, 2022

de vlinderstichting

A fantastic post about Song of the Butterfly by the Dutch Butterfly Conservation foundation.

new work

I regulartly share new work in progress on social media: Facebook and Instagram

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the process

Watch on YouTube a video of the whole process, from a piece of wood to a framed butterfly:

 

 

i Research and drawing

Each piece begins with a shape study: what defines it? Which silhouette is the most distinctive and recognizable?

ii Sawing

I use a jigsaw to cut out the shapes from fine-grained, recycled cherry wood.

iii Basic shaping

I get the basic three dimensional form with mechanical sanders.

iv Fine shaping

With jewelers files, multi-tools, scalpels and sand­paper I fine tune and add detail, eyes and hair.

v Painting

I use various colourfast, pigment-rich pencils, gouache and acrylic paints for the artwork.

vi Finishing

I place the end result in a handmade frame with its scientific name, but without glass and without pins: it’s free, as it were, to come and go as it pleases.

 

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eyal holtzman

Eyal Holtzman

I studied Graphic & Typo­graphic Design, gradu­ating from the Royal Academy of Art (kabk) in The Hague in 1996. I have been active as an inde­pendent artist, designer and lecturer, teaching at art academies in Holland and China. Since 2007 I have been co-running graphic design agency Studio Eyal & Myrthe, specializing in books and typography.

 

* In this website I used my own typeface Kristal, which is available at type foundry Bold Monday.

 

 

contact

E-mail: eyal@songofthebutterfly.art

WhatsApp: +31-6-1909-5460

Facebook: /songofthebutterfly.art

 

 

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“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible”

paul klee