Lyell Castonguay
Eclipse, 2019
Woodblock print
Image: 36″ x 24″, Paper: 40″ x 29″
Edition of 8 and 1 Proof
$1600 unframed/$2200 framed


Castonguay used one of his favorite birds of prey, the Peregrine Falcon, as inspiration to create Eclipse. The subject’s tufted eyebrows, contrasted by piercing eyes and distinctive cheek markings, add a hint of humor to an otherwise deadly avian personality. Holding the title of “earth’s fastest animal” should give the Peregrine quite an ego! Playing around with this idea lead Castonguay to a tightly cropped composition in which the subject’s head is so gigantic it blots out the sun. Like many of Castonguay’s other images, this piece was first executed as an ink drawing then meticulously carved as a woodblock.