Imitates Life - on an Emu Eggshell by Myra Charleston
When most people first see a Gary Gunn
original, there is a sharp intake of breath and then an "Ooh" sound.
The detail is extraordinary, but then so is the artist. The Texas artist tells
us that he has been carving and rubbing on things all his life but didnít
start on emu eggs until a couple of years ago. He raises emus himself and has a
plentiful supply of eggs. His interest was piqued when he saw what another
artist had accomplished and hasnít looked back since.
Emu eggs have several layers of
color ranging from white, several shades of green and then a final layer of an
almost black dark green color. Gary tells us that he only uses one out of maybe
10 eggs, choosing only the smoothest of the usually rough textured eggs. He
spends 3 hours wet sanding each egg to make it even smoother before changing the
plain dark egg into amazingly life like portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn
Monroe, Garth Brooks, Seleena, Oprah Winfrey, and his best seller Ė John
Depending on the subject, he will
spend from 8 to 16 hours on each egg with the resulting work of art so lifelike
that it could have been taken from a photograph. Gary Gunnís work is on
display at Neeley's Gift's Galore to Waxahachie, TX.
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