'Pied wagtail', Jeremy Youngs

Painting of an animal with a bird on its back

Oil on linen, 51.5 x 92cm

The Pied wagtail, seen astride a fabulous lizard, is from an ongoing series of paintings portraying birds common to Britain.

These are in turn part of a much larger group of paintings going under the working title Bugs, Birds, Plants, Planets and Galaxies.

Other works in the Bird series include the wren, the robin, the shelduck and the moorhen and coot. They are shown in a variety of situations, nestling among serpents’ eggs, atop a rustic birdbath, perched amid a still life, etc., etc.

All are birds that can be seen around Peckham Rye, South London, close to where I live, as can the Galaxies, Planets, Plants and Bugs.


Jeremy Youngs was born in Northampton in 1952. He studied at Bath Academy of Art 1972-75 and the Slade School of Fine Art 1975-77. He has participated in numerous group shows, open exhibitions and studios, and arts festivals in London, 1985 - present.