Hoary Marmot – 11-1/4 x 22-1/2; Offset Paper; Edition Size 450; $145.00 U.S.
“On a hike in Banff National Park quite a few years ago, my family and I found ourselves
alone on a high saddle where the mountain dropped off sharply on either side.
It was one of those moments when the world stands still and all your senses become
heightened. The empty space between us and the next mountain seemed almost a
solid presence, so vivid was my impression of the great gulf of air. Then I saw a
hoary marmot poised atop a nearby pile of rocks. Despite its small size, it appeared
to be lord and master of the high peaks that stretched off in all directions. Quietly
I began moving toward it. The marmot remained motionless, allowing me to come
so close I could almost touch its beautiful mantle of silvery-white fur. My attention
was so focused that I was only half-conscious of a distant roaring sound – I dismissed
it as a high-flying jet plane – growing gradually louder. What happened next took
only a second or two, but it seemed to stretch out over a much longer span.
The marmot gave its characteristic whistle and shot down its burrow. In the split
second I cursed my bad luck, the roaring sound became so loud it seemed to come
from inside my head. I looked up to see a golden eagle plunging across the sky so
close to me that I felt the wind stirred by its dive. Then it wheeled away and soared
off in search of other prey.”
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.