On September the 21st, I was dashing around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 63: Spotting and Jotting in Birmingham by Matt Sewell.
Globally acclaimed artist, author and illustrator, Matt Sewell, from Shrewsbury, has been described as the ‘Banksy of the bird world’! Matt has always experimented with different canvases, including T-shirts, posters, interiors and walls, and he now adds owl sculptures to his repertoire!
He has illustrated for the Guardian newspaper and Barbour (amongst many others), painted underpasses for the RSPB, and exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo and Paris – as well as being an avid ornithologist and regular contributor to the Caught by The River website (he also designed their logo). He was formerly an artist in residence on BBC Two’s hit show, Spring Watch.
Matt has illustrated and written a series of bird-themed books, including Our Garden Birds, Our Woodland Birds and his latest book, Owls – our most enchanting bird, which is all about his fabulous, eagle-eyed friends. It sold 7,000 copies in its first week!