Detail of “Stretching Canada Goose
Detail of “Stretching Canada Goose" by Robert Bateman (full artwork below)

Announcing “Living Legends: Masters of Wildlife Art,” on view at the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, Wyoming)

From the museum:

The museum hopes “Living Legends” will become an ongoing exhibit with new artwork rotated in every year. Living Legends displays artwork that established the artistic foundation upon which the museum’s heralded collection has been built. Much of it is rooted in the naturalist tradition begun by Carl Rungius in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Wildlife art and paintings
Douglas Allen (American, b. 1935), “Silent Night,” 1992, oil on canvas, 18 x 23.75 in. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Douglas Allen.

This ongoing tradition relies on careful observation of nature coupled with strong artistic abilities to create inspiring visions of nature reflective of each artist’s individual vision. This exhibit is dedicated to the artists in the collection who have really made wildlife art what it is today. It will pay tribute to some of the artists who have been in the collection since day one and then also, like the museum, the exhibit will expand to look at what wildlife art is doing today. Living Legends honors the past while looking to the future.

Wildlife art and paintings
Ken Carlson (American, b. 1937), “On the Edge,” 1982, oil on board, 24 x 36 in. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Ken Carlson.

Paintings selected for the inaugural Living Legends exhibit include Robert Bateman’s “Stretching Canada Goose,” Ken Carlson’s “On the Edge,” and Douglas Allen’s “Silent Night.”

Wildlife art and paintings
Robert Bateman (Canadian, b. 1930), “Stretching Canada Goose,” 1983, oil on board, 36 x 28 in. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Robert Bateman.

These three works give a sense of the spectrum of art we collect today. Robert Bateman is lauded for the precise handling of his paint while Ken Carlson uses a more impressionistic approach. Doug Allen’s work falls somewhere in between as it presents a moody nighttime scene. As we collect the work of a new generation of artists, we continue to explore a range of artistic expression — from the highly realistic to the nearly abstract.

Wildlife art
Steve Kestrel (American, b. 1947), “Run River Run,” 2010, bronze, 15 x 29 x 5 in. National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Steve Kestrel.
Wildlife art and paintings
Tucker Smith (American, b. 1940), “Evening Storm – Mt. Moran,” 2002, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Tucker Smith.

“Living Legends: Masters of Wildlife Art” is on view at the National Museum of Wildlife Art  through August 25, 2019, in Jackson, Wyoming. For more information, please visit

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