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#1 Ginger Gehres (b. 1956), “Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler,” 2016, scratchboard, 15 x 20 in., available from the artist

By Max Gillies, a contributing writer to Fine Art Connoisseur

As fellow residents of Earth, animals have always fascinated humans, especially the artists among us. Thus, many creatures appear in prehistoric cave paintings, and today the desire to depict them endures, actually stronger than ever.

#2 Rick Pas (b. 1958), “Tree Frog in the Hogbacks,” 2018, acrylic on panel, 8 x 10 in., Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago

Animal Art Exhibitions

Among the finest is the 58th annual exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), on view at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History (Hays, KS) through August 25, 2019.

Another dynamic force for good in this field is Artists for Conservation (AFC), founded in 1997 and now serving members in nearly 30 countries. Many of them will gather for the organization’s ninth annual festival at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC, September 27–29, 2019.

#3 Mara Sfara (b. 1962), “Eastern Bluebird in Moonlight,” 2018, oil on linen, 16 x 20 in., Emillions Art, Naples, FL
#4 J.K. Williams (b. 1953), “Trooper,” 2018, oil on linen on board, 20 x 16 in., available from the artist
#5 Elizabeth Sandia (b. 1946), “Elk Nursery,” 2017, oil on linen, 14 x 22 in., private collection
#6 Johanne Mangi (b. 1953), “Sam,” 2018, oil on linen board, 14 x 11 in., collection of Ali Cruickshank
#7 Ally Benbrook (b. 1951), “Annie Graham,” 2015, watercolor on paper, 18 x 18 in., private collection
#8 Katherine Galbraith (b. 1948), “Snowy Afternoon Walk,” 2016, oil on linen, 16 x 20 in., available from the artist
#9 Stefano Cecchini (b. 1957), “The Silver Ghost,” 2015, oil on wood, 52 x 36 in., Grand Bohemian Gallery, Charleston
#10 Ellen Fuller (b. 1945), “Dog with Wallpaper,” 1990, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 30 in., available from the artist
#11 Robert Bateman (b. 1930), “Lone Raven,” 2001, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in., National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY

Enjoy this truly national array of offerings — all encouraging evidence that this long-standing genre is alive and well.

All images originally appeared in the Fine Art Connoisseur magazine article “Feathers, Fur & Fins: Animal Art is Thriving” (July/August 2018)


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