Driftwood Perch – Striped Swallows

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Driftwood Perch – Striped Swallows – 13 1/2″ x 20″ – 950 Edition Signed and Numbered Paper Print

“The striped swallow is a bird which is found in Africa, but they are like swallows the world over. They are trim and streamlined, and they seem to be in motion even when at rest. Even though they seem delicate, they appear hard, almost as if they were sculpted out of metal. I especially like the tight little head.

No matter where they live in the world, swallows, of course, feed on the wing. These striped swallows swooping over an African river reminded me of the cliff swallow I have seen darting after insects over some river in America. Indeed, the typical place to see striped swallows is near a river in dry savanna country. The clue to this location is in the painting. The wood on which the swallows are perched is water worn. This kind of country is normally dry but subject to sudden heavy rainstorms. The streambeds can fill with raging torrents which erode the banks and sweep away the uprooted trees.

This perch appealed to me because of its texture, its sculptural shapes and the way it echoes the form of the birds.” – 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.