First Flight


Release: 2023
Edition: 16
Proofs: 1
Size: 24″ x 18″ (including margins)


This piece illustrates a fledgling Catbird plunging headlong into the unknown. It captures the moment the bird leaps from its nest, legs outstretched, beak open. The bird is off balance and waiting for its flight instinct to kick in. The bird puts its life on the line by defying gravity but gains the world in return.


Lyell Castonguay designed, carved, and printed this original artwork. Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Japanese Moon Peach paper. The artist signed, titled, and numbered the edition in pencil below the image.

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