Seven Queens of the Feather

Seven Queens of the Feather is a series of oil paintings by Taranaki-based artist David Le Fleming.

Le Fleming often paints on reclaimed objects. Surfaces in this series include a brass firescreen, ornamental copper plates and a vintage Jaguar car bonnet. A twist on past work involving large-scale human portraits, Seven Queens of the Feather presents well to do chickens with elements, form and pose drawn from 16th-century European portraiture. The result is a colourful, cheeky line-up of hens surrounded by heraldry, landscape and other status symbols of aristocracy.

The series came out of Le Fleming’s experience of Covid19 lockdown as a newly minted chicken owner, reflecting from the relative safety of New Zealand on how the human ‘pecking order’ played itself out in many countries’ response to the pandemic. A reflection on ones metaphorical castle, self importance, and self esteem relative to ones bubble.

Sunken Kirk of Swinside Fell
oil and enamel on vintage car bonnet
1313 x 1160mm
detail of Sunken Kirk
Blue vein pastiche
oil and enamel on vintage substrate table top
615 x 615mm
Maud Fairwing, reliable narrator
oil on silver plated brass plate
349 x 349mm
detail of Maud Fairwing, reliable narrator
Portrait of a lady chicken
oil on brass plate
510 x 510mm
detail of Portrait of a lady chicken
oil and enamel on board (nine box frame panels)
225 x 225cm
detail of NBF
Seven Queens closing soiree – this event is canceled due to lockdown