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Nature Mandalas Wonders of the Earth, Wind, and Sea: Life Circles of Biodiversity and Conservancy

Tim Phelps

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From common toads and turtles to sea horses, cephalopods, and triggerfish, Tim Phelps’s mandalas cast an artistic eye on the real and imagined micro-architecture of animals. Vibrant illustrations and an engaging narrative invite the reader to wonder at nature’s seemingly endless variety of forms, from the simple to the complex. Using the graphic and symbolic patterns of mandalas, the artist combines color, texture, and fluidity to tell the story of each organism and the role it plays in a healthy ecosystem. These elegant artworks have been shaped by the artist’s interest in art nouveau and art deco, the works of Charley Harper and Ernst Haeckel, and Victorian ornamental art, Asian art, batik, hot rod flame painting, swirling tie dye, and iconography. By exploring the how, what, and why of fauna, the book encourages us to look closely at the rich biodiversity in our own backyards.

Size: 11" x 11" | 72 color images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350641

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Tim Phelps, MS, FAMI, is an associate professor and medicalillustrator who has been teaching and illustrating for 30 years in theGraduate Program of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins inBaltimore. His artwork has garnered over 40 regional and nationalawards. Projects have included books on otolaryngology, orthopedic, andcardiac surgery, and co-authorship of Surgical Pathology Dissection. He is also the author of Up in Flames: The Art of Flame Painting.The full-color, hard-bound book covers the history of flame paintingand its influences on popular culture. Tim was the artist and designerfor Greenlight Toys “Up in Flames” series of diecast cars in 2008 and2009. He is a past president and past chair of the board of theAssociation of Medical Illustrators (AMI).