A TALENTED artist is returning to a gallery with an exceptional and unique exhibition.

The Extinction Rebellion exhibition will be Julian Meredith’s third solo show at the North House Gallery, in Manningtree, in just ten years.

He continues to be preoccupied with the loss of habitat and the extinction of creatures.

The exhibition started on Saturday, but runs until September 28, open on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm or by appointment.

His prints of threatened whales - some even four metres long - tuna, other fish and birds are created in diverse ways.

The art pieces are either printed from sawn planks of elm, stencilled on heavily inked paper or printed from dead animals.

This is a process which incredibly re-animates them.

The preparation of the block, as well as the hand printing, is very hard work.

Julian Meredith, who is a smallholder and a beekeeper, said: “I know that extinction is happening all around us, not because I have been told so, but because I grew up surrounded by an abundance of brown trout, bullheads, green plovers, eels, water voles and now I see almost none in what is a shrinking habitat.

“The kestrel that used to perch on our wires has gone and I have hardly heard a cuckoo this year.

“My work emerged out of this abundance I experienced around me.

“Now it is an act of rebellion against the loss that surrounds us all.

“My hope is that my images help people understand the balance of nature that is under our feet; I want the images to be about the future, not the past.

“My fear is that, like my use of elm, my work will become a testimony to what once was: Nature fossilised in wood, the paper waving like lost spirits.

“Let this not be so.”

Mr Meredith trained at Exeter College of Art and his collections have been included in numerous museums.