Mustang Country by Robert Bateman
(Paper, 14″ x 28″, 950 Edition, $165.00 U.S.)
(Giclee Canvas, 20″ x 40″, 180 Edition, $750.00 U.S.)
(Giclee Canvas, 24″ x 48″, 180 Edition, $950.00 U.S.)
“My interest in human heritage is only surpassed by my lifelong fascination with natural heritage.
The history of mustangs goes back to the days of the Spanish conquistadors who introduced
the horse to North America. The First Nations of the Great Plains such as the Blackfoot and
Sioux used these early horses to totally transform their lifestyles. They could hunt bison,
go on the warpath or move their communities using these animals. The railway and
European settlers ended that world forever.
Remnant populations of those early horses escaped, however, and survived on their own
in the more remote grasslands and parklands of North America. These pockets of wildness
are now being threatened by expansion of human population and development. In a real way
their fate is parallel to the fate of other endangered species. And so my concern over the
disappearance of natural heritage and human heritage comes together in the mustang.
In this painting I have shown the lead stallion of the herd going down for a morning
drink while the mares and progeny follow.”
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.