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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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 www.wildlifeart.org.