New Territory – Black Wolf by Robert Bateman
(21-3/8 x 32; Offset Paper; Edition Size 1500; $195.00 U.S.) (23 x 34; Canvas; Edition Size 350; $550.00 U.S.)
“Mostly, wolves are animals of concealment. For hunting or security, they want to see but not be seen. During a life spent exploring forests and bush country I have seen very few wolves in the wild, but I assume I have been seen by them many times. When a wolf ventures into open country all senses must be even more on the alert than usual. The last wolf I saw in the wild was in fact in one of the wide, open, river valley flats in Yellowstone Park. The time was dusk, so concealment was less of an issue. It was a young, black wolf, all alone trotting through the grasses and sagebrush and occasionally pouncing successfully or unsuccessfully on a mouse, tail wagging like a puppy. In this painting I have shown an adult black wolf in the last light of day tentatively venturing into an open area. It could be a new territory which holds potential dangers or hopeful possibilities. I was thinking of Wyoming, part of the great range of wolves for thousands of years but which European settlers had cleansed of the ‘varmints’. Now, after intense political battles there is a pioneer population, once again venturing into a new yet ancient territory. I enjoyed playing with the simple elements of the composition and the use of emptiness, which is far more meaningful than nothingness. It is connected to Zen and the peaceful openness to infinite possibilities. The lead wolf is looking away from you and into the future. You are part of the following pack. If wildness has a good future, so will humankind.”
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.