26 x 39; Renaissance Ed. Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 180; $1445.00 U.S.
“The polar bear is one of the largest and most powerful carnivores in the world. Some say he is more
impressive than the grizzly bear and can be just as devastating. However, his white coat seems to make
him less threatening. It can be easily seen why his white coat would be good camouflage in winter,
even though it is as dark as night most of the time. However, in summer, one might think that white
fur would show up against the rocky tundra landscape. This is true, but the polar bear does not do
much hunting inland, and even in summer the coast and bays of the Arctic are full of pack ice. This
is his habitat, and seals are his usual quarry. The white coat is perfect concealment for stalking
a basking seal.
“My main interest in doing this painting was in exploring the fur of the polar bear, which is not really
white, but a glowing cream color. One of the most exciting aspects of nature to me is the fact that
the surface texture of rocks, plants or animals has infinite, yet logical, variety. “Even the surface
of one animal has very different sections with different shapes, forms and textures, all caused by
the physics, chemistry and biology of that particular area. Moving across the bear from muzzle
to head to flank is an adventure for the eyes. It is like flying over a complex landscape. The pale,
uniform color of the polar bear allows me to concentrate on the form in this landscape without
the confusing variable of pattern and color. I want one to be able to feel the fur in one’s
imagination. I certainly would not want to try it in real life.”
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.