"NIGHT CAMP" by Ezra Tucker


Ezra Tucker

Acrylic on canvas

Available through Creighton Block Gallery

Pioneers traveling by wagon train to the West would often hear wolves calling at night. Ezra Tucker’s composition, by depicting the wagon train very small, reveals how great was the terror that the travelers felt when hearing wolves howl.

Ezra Tucker began his award winning career three decades ago as an illustrator, producing many familiar advertisements and enduring images for Fortune 500 corporations. Some of his most noted work includes paintings of the Budweiser Clydesdales, an illustrated novel for Lucas Films, LTD, titled “Star Wars/Dark Forces-Rebel Agent”, and movie poster art of the “Ten Commandments.”

His unique creative style and refreshing perspective gives his subjects a fresh appeal.

He invites a viewer to enjoy his images and to be engaged and curious to learn more. He paints animals as having apparent intelligence and distinctive personalities. Ezra finds the art of modern wildlife artist Bob Kuhn, classical wildlife artist Carl Rungius, and other artists such as W.R. Leigh, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell inspirational.

Ezra’s artwork has been exhibited at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (1985); the Texas Rangers Historical Museum in Austin, Texas; the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio (1987); the Bruce Watkins Center in Kansas City, Missouri (1999); and a One-Man-Show at the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach, California (1997). In 2007, Ezra’s work was voted Best of Show in the Greenwich Workshop Small Works Annual Miniature Art Exhibition in Seymour, CT; The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA and the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, WY where he was awarded ‘Best Acrylic Painting’ in their 2009 “Western Spirit” art exhibition. Two of his original works were purchased by the Booth Museum in 2009 to hang in their permanent collection. His original art is also included in many private and Fortune 500 corporate collections.

“I get tremendous joy and satisfaction from my observation of wildlife behavior and expressions. The intelligence and uniqueness of each creature’s individual character and personality often reflect glimpses of human nature. My desire to paint wildlife in a realistic style allows me to also define the beauty that I see in their movements, subtle or overt. I choose to highlight the variety of color I see in the fur and textures of the surfaces that envelop their being. I find it necessary to preserve and to respect the creatures that inhabit our planet because I believe that we are more connected than humans acknowledge. The challenge I have for myself is to present the beauty and majesty of the animal world in dynamic form to help influence the preservation of our planet’s varied species through my representation of their nature through my art”.  -Ezra Tucker


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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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