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Biophilia: Exhibit Guide

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  • Author: Christopher Marley
  • Specs: Hardcover
  • Pages: 288
  • Size: 10.38 x 1.25 x 12.38 inches
  • Language: English
  • Published: 2015

Artist, naturalist and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Marley reveals the sometimes obscure beauty in nature through his three-dimensional work with animal, mineral and plant specimens. “Biophilia” meaning “love of life” is simultaneously explained and experienced in Marley’s immersive exhibit where the ancient connection between art, nature and science is explored. Tapping the natural world as his medium, Marley’s revolutionary work features rare elements of nature in the precise, geometric compositions that have become his signature. All of the organisms used in Marley’s work are either reclaimed (in the case of vertebrates and blooms) or sustainably culled (in the case of insects and oceanic invertebrates).

“My objective is to increase a love and appreciation for the aesthetics of organisms,” Marley explains.

Marley’s artwork is prized by major collectors and museums; it has been exhibited by over 500 galleries and retailers worldwide. His first book, “Pheromone, The Insect Art of Christopher Marley” (Pomegranate, 2008) was listed by The Times (UK) as one of “The Best Books of 2008” and his second book, “Biophilia” (Abrams, 2015) is a New York Times Bestseller.

Christopher Marley’s art expresses his passionate engagement with the beautiful forms of nature. Beginning with insects and moving on to aquatic life, reptiles, birds, plants, and minerals, Marley has used his skills as a designer, conservator, taxidermist, and environmentally responsible collector to make images and mosaics that produce strong, positive emotional responses in viewers. Marley has a brilliant eye for color and pattern in different natural objects, and he expertly captures the deep relationships among them. Biophilia (literally, “love of living things”) is a must-have for nature lovers, designers, artists, craftspeople, and anyone looking for visual inspiration in the arts.

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