Allyson Reynolds paints moths. Her extraordinary large-scale images of randomly scattered moths on white grounds have achieved an international reputation. Living and working near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, she is surrounded by lepidopteral life, and she has devoted herself to recording it beauty, its fragility and its variety.
She has developed a highly personal technique ideally suited to her subject. By painting 'wet on wet' with thinned down oil paints on fine linen she is able to achieve effects with unexampled delicacy. The subtle patterning and rich colouring of the moths appears almost to be a part of the canvas; there is scarcely a sense of the artist's hand, only of the image in all its purity and strength.
Moth Song a beautifully-produced book about Reynolds' art, with specially commissioned detailed photographs, was published in 2012.