Ready for Flight Peregrine Falcon – 12 1/2″ x 25″ – 950 Editions Signed and Numbered Paper Prints
“The most exciting raptor in the world is possibly the peregrine falcon. It is one of the fastest creatures on the planet. Its speed in a dive has been estimated at between 150 and 200 miles per hour. The peregrine is built for the chase in an elongated teardrop shape – the ultimate in streamlining.
In this painting I wanted to give the appearance of motion in a stationary bird. It is leaning forward with eyes intent on a potential prey. The shape of the wings and muscular, scapular feather tracts on the back all lend this sense of dynamic power. The eyes do not appear fierce and ruthless as in other birds of prey. They have an almost deep and thoughtful expression. It is certain that once a peregrine decides on a bird for its dinner, that bird has very little
chance of escape. The hawk can fly almost twice as fast as most of his victims. It sometimes rolls over and clutches from below. With prey larger than itself, it strikes from above with a clenched fist sending the prey to the ground where it is dispatched, then at least partially plucked before eating. Several times I have seen neat rings of duck feathers and down; the sure sign of a peregrine meal.
In this painting I wanted to have the rock emphasize the form and power of the bird as well as the texture of the feathers. The rings of sea foam at the bottom of the painting indicate the surf-pounded coastlines that are a favorite peregrine habitat.” – Robert Bateman
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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.