Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Artist of the moment………Robert Abbett

Robert Abbett is an American painter born in Hammond, Indiana in the year 1926. Abbett ranks on par with other animal artists like the legendary Bob Kuhn for his portrayals of wildlife. His favorite scenes were hunting dogs or fisherman.

Abbett has  a wonderful application of paint varying his textures and making wonderful abstract designs using the branches of the fallen trees, or standing ones. Abbett has a great sense of color and uses the fall foliage colors of  yellows and oranges to his advantage in his hunting scenes.

For his collegiate education Abbett attended Purdue University and the University of Missouri.

Abbett was also an illustrator and among his works was the series Tarzan.

The artist has been based out of Connecticut since the early 1950s.

Abbett is a well established printmaker renowned for his sporting works. He is a big hit in hunting and fishing galleries.

Abbett works in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and gouache.

If you enjoy dog paintings be sure and check out artists John Weiss and Edmund Osthaus orn anyone of the Bonheur family of artists!


Price range information: Original works range from $5,000 to $50,000.


Artist of the moment…..William Hays Junior and Senior

William Hays Senior was born in New York City in the year 1830. William Hays painted landscapes, still lifes, and animals in a realistic manner. Though he did make trips to foreign countries and to the Western parts of the United States at the time, Montana and the Dakotas, William Hays was based out of New York City and spent much of his time in his studio.

Animals were his favorite subject and in particular the American Buffalo. This artist is one of the premiere artists that tried to capture the United States western region before the white settlers came.

Price range information : Works range from $8,000 to $70,000.

William Hays Senior passed away in 1875.

William Hays Junior was like his father a great painter of animals. The son enjoyed painting dogs. Willliam Hays Junior was born in 1872.

The artist passed away in 1934.

price range information : Works range from $3,000 to $20,000. The artist worked in oils and graphite.

What a great family of artists! Like many of the artists families here be it the Wyeths, the Nyanhongo’s, or the Yoshidas, I am fascinated by the subject matter that is common between the artists. For instance Antoine Blanchard, its great to see the landscapes his daughters painted of the  same subject. Its great to see that the son had a great love of painting animals, something he probably inherited from his father.


Artist of the moment…..Tivi Ilisituk

Tivi Ilisituk  was an Inuit artist from the Salluit, Quebec, Canada region. Tivi Ilisituk was born in the year 1933.

The artist began to carve when he was twenty one. For him it was something to do in between hunting and fishing excursions. Many works show a man hunting or fishing. Not only does he carve a seal hunter, but he adds the ice and the seal  below!

Love the figure that is camping in a tent made from skins! Art is life, life is art!

Tivi Ilisituk passed away in 2012.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

His wife was also an artist.

Another great artistic family!


Artist of the moment….Taqialuq (Tuk) Nuna

Taqialuq or Tuk Nuna is the son of another Inuit artist Sharky Nuna. Sharky Nuna was killed whilst hunting walrus in 1979. Tuk Nuna was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1958. For his work he enjoys working with animals and using multiple figures in his sculpted scenes of the arctic wildlife.

Produced his first carvings at the age of 8 after being encourage by watching his father. He took up art as a means of an income in his twenties.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Another family of artists!


Artist of the moment……Taurai Maisiri

Taurai Maisiri is a shona artist born in Zimbabwe. Maisiri is one of few Shona artists that specializes in animals and wildlife of Africa rather than its people. Maisiri works often with the buffalo or rhino as his subject.

In this clip we see the artist at work! Many examples of his art is shown here.

Price range information: Works range from $400 to $3,000.

Sorry no more information on this artist.


Artsit of the moment……Edmund Osthaus

Edmund  Osthaus was born in  Hildesheim,  Germany in the year 1858. He was one of the world’s best painters of dogs. For his artistic education Osthaus attended the School of Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Osthuas first came to the United States in 1883. His parents came to the United States previously, and he joined them when he was twenty five years of age.

Some breeds he enjoyed painting were setters and pointers.

Whilst living in Ohio Osthaus became a teacher. He was the chief instructor at the Toledo Academy of Fine Arts.

The artist was an avid outdoorsman and owned houses in New Jersey, Ohio, and even a hunting lodge in Florida.

Edmund Osthuas passed away at the age of 70 years old in 1928.

If you enjoy art that has to do with dogs make sure and check out my posts on John Weiss, my favorite painter of the dog. Also photographer William Wegman has made some wonderful photographs using dogs as his subject. Another great painter of the dog was Arthur Wardle.

Price range information: The artist was prolific in both watercolour and oils. Prices range from $10,000 to $200,000.


Artist of the moment……Sylvester Mubayi

Sylvester Mubayi is a shona sculpture artist from Marondera,  Zimbabwe born in the year 1942. He started off working as a laborer in the tobacco fields. At the age of 24 years old he moved to the urban city of Harare, Zimbabwe in order to get a better job working for a major beer brewing company. His favorite subjects to carve are animals, spirits, and mythical creatures.

Considered part of the first generation of shona sculptors.

He began sculpting at a sculpture community in northern Zimbabwe in the 1960s.

National Gallery of Zimbabwe held a career retrospective honoring the Mubayi during 2008.

In this clip Mubayi gives us a brief history about the first generation shona sculptors:

In this clip we see Mubayi at work:

In this clip the artist explains in detail about a work titled “Mother-Buck.”

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…..photographer Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt is a wonderful photographer born in          England in the year 1966. Brandt is renown for his photography of the African landscape and the animals it contains. Brandt only shoots her artwork on the continent of Africa. For his artistic education Brandt attended the Saint Martins College of  Art and Design.

Brandt is very concerned with environmental causes and started his own movement and charity which is named the Big Life Foundation. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the number of elephants that are slaughtered for their tusks.

Brandt started off in the entertainment industry directing music videos. He was a very successful director. Just a few of the entertainers he has worked with include Michael Jackson and Moby.


Whilst shooting a video with Michael Jackson in Africa the artist became very aware of his passion for animals. He has worked tirelessly to capture these images before these locales become extinct due to man. Brandt started to document his African journeys in 2000. Many images are made into books.

Below Nick Brandt talks about an exhibition given in 2012:

A wonderful collection of images of Africa taken by Nick Brandt:

Based out of Topanga, California.

price range information:  Works range from $ 14,000 to $140,000.


Artist of the moment…..Takealook Temela

Takealook Temela is an Inuit artist from Kimmirut, Nunavut  Territory, Canada born in the year 1935. His favorite subject is wildlife.

Started to exhibit in galleries in 1969.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip see a work titled “The Swimming Polar Bear.”

No more information on this artist, but more Inuit art coming soon!


Artist of the moment…..Joe Andoe

Joe Andoe is an artist who has lived a colorful life and is renown for his work with subjects including horses and minimal landscapes. Joe Andoe was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the year 1955. For his artistic education Andoe went to the University of Oklahoma located in Norman, Oklahoma earning a masters degree in art.

price range information: Sorry not enough information available.

Has been based out of New York City since the 1980s and continues to this day.

Andoe’s enjoys varying the way he applies paint. He is renown for painting, and then wiping paint away. This technique works great for his moody landscapes.

Part of prominent museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts located in Boston, MA.

In this clip more works with the artist talking in the background.

In this clip a montage of works by Joe Andoe.