Arctic Portrait White Gyrfalcon

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Arctic Portrait White Gyrfalcon – 11 1/2″ x 17 1/4″ – 950 Edition Signed and Numbered Paper Print – Call for price

“This is simply a portrait study of a white gyrfalcon. I sometimes do this rather than a full painting so that I can pictorially examine the planes and shapes in the most interesting part of a bird or mammal. I usually learn things that help me in my larger paintings.

There were three interesting aspects to this work. Falcons have an expression about the eyes which is dignified and strong, yet with a certain warmth. It reminds me of the expression of a racehorse. To me, the interlocking shapes of the bill, mouth and bare skin in front of the eye are reminiscent of the elegant sculptures of ancient Egypt or northwestern American Indian totem poles. The third aspect I enjoyed
playing with in this painting was the modulation of shape in the feather forms and markings. Modulation is the gradual change from one characteristic to another. The feathers change from small to large
and from pointed to rounded. The markings do likewise but not necessarily corresponding to the feathers in size and shape

In summary, one can find as much of visual interest in part of a bird as in a whole landscape” – Robert Bateman

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Robert Bateman has been called the most famous living artist. He continues to paint and tour the world to promote conservation and preservation of nature. We have represented Robert Bateman for decades and are now the sole publisher and distributor of his reproductions. We are so honored to work with him and witness his success. He has made such a massive contribution to the art world and the natural world as an artist and educator of the earth’s most important resources.

Nature as a subject is becoming more and more popular as our environment is in peril. What better subject is there than the beautiful creatures we share this world with? Robert Bateman’s appreciation and understanding of nature are apparent in his paintings. He is able to paint flora and fauna the way your eye would perceive it in real life. It is important that the animal takes full attention. The background becomes muted, and therefore it doesn’t take too much focus away from the subject. His paintings seem effortless and masterful all at once.

Bateman’s eye for composition is unparalleled. Each painting is a composed like a symphony, leading the eye to wander. From the backyards of North America to the sprawling plains of Africa. Robert Bateman captures nature the way it should be enjoyed. Above all he is a champion of wildlife. For this reason he has become a household name for art collectors.