What an amazing work of art — every moth is different! Oh, and yes, it also is a wonderful puzzle!
British artist John Dilnot created his Night Flight screen print over the course of six weeks, starting with a solid-black printed ground and adding layers of opaque color. The buildup of intense colors gives the work a strong physicality.
Imagery for the moths originated in found line drawings of specific species, although the resulting multicolor swarm in the night sky is perhaps an unnatural phenomenon.
Dilnot also creates books, boxes, paintings, and other works, many of which examine humans’ relationship with nature. There is more information about him below.
Number of Pieces: 1000
Completed Puzzle Size: 29 inches x 20 inches
Box Size: 10 inches x 13 inches x 1 7/8 inches
Caution WARNING: Choking hazard—small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.
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ABOUT JOHN DILNOT
John has loved making art and experimenting with different media since early childhood in England. His curiosity led him to teach himself to screen print and make letterpress prints in the garage at home, and he used the larder to develop and print photographs. Enjoying different processes, John continues this do-It–yourself approach to the present day.
Despite his interest in printmaking, his work is led by ideas rather than process, in particular the human relationship with nature.
A childhood spent playing and rooting about in his grandparent’s large Kent garden left a lasting impression and remains the source of many ideas and work, such as the box ‘Bad Apples’ and the books ‘Weeds and Pests’ and ‘With the Worms’.
Dilnot studied graphic Design at Canterbury College of Art, followed by Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in the early 1980’s. He focused on screen printing and exploring sequential imagery, which led to his first artists’ books.
He also made boxes at this time, which featured in his degree show installation. John’s box works have since become very collectable.
John has shown in many mixed and survey shows including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Gallery, Royal Academ of the Arts Summer Exhibition, Cornerhouse Manchester, Bluecoat Liverpool and The National Trust. Solo shows include ‘Natural History’ at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, ‘In the Country’ with Southern Arts Touring and ‘Rural Views’ at Aytoun Gallery Manchester.
He has work in many private and public collections. Public collections include, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Library, British Library, Museum of Modern Art New York, Yale Center for British Art, Royal College of Art Library, Winchester School of Art, University of Brighton and Hampshire County Council.