Winter Filigree Giant Panda – 20-1/2 x 30-3/4; Offset Paper; Edition Size 9600; $325.00 U.S.
“A few years ago, my wife, Birgit and I were treated to a rare privilege. We were permitted
to visit the panda reserve at Wolong in the Szechwan Province of China. Panda country
is surprisingly like our own British Columbia with rugged topography and old-growth forests.
Our goal was the research hut of George Schaller. During the years 1980 to 1985, he put
the giant panda on the map. As we neared the Schaller hut, the huge, old-growth trees
were covered with the freshly fallen snow of the previous night. One tree in particular
caught my eye. Every delicate strand had captured snowflakes and hoarfrost. It seemed
an appropriate setting, with its delicacy and drama, for the symbol of our fragile web
of life and the giant panda. Habitat destruction due to logging and agriculture is the
major threat to the panda. And, poaching may be the last straw. This sums up the
plight of our entire natural heritage.” – 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.