Monarch of Asia by Robert Bateman
(14 1/4″ x 19 7/8″, Paper Print, 650 Edition, $165.00 U.S. suggested retail)
(16″ x 22″, Giclee Canvas, 180 Edition, $695.00 U.S. suggested retail)
“Growing up, I never dreamed I would see a tiger in the wild. My mother was 2 when Queen Victoria died so my childhood was filled with stories of the Victorian age, including the time of the British Raj in India. Photos of the ghastly spoils of tiger shoots were commonplace. Thank goodness attitudes have changed toward this so-called “sport”. Now the threat is the big money behind Asian traditional medicine.
Birgit and I saw our first tiger in the wild while bird watching in Assam. Across a body of water, in plain view a tiger stalked and charged a herd of marsh deer. The deer all escaped. On a more recent birding trip we saw 15 tigers in the wild in 4 different parks. This painting is like most of my art, a combination of many different sources- perhaps 10 different tigers from the wild and from zoos. The rocks and grasses are also created from different sources. I used the rhythm of the rocks and grasses to echo the bounding movement of the tiger when on the chase. The lighting was contrived to give a sense of drama and mystery befitting this magnificent animal.” – Robert Bateman
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.