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Bateman: new works.Artist/Author: Bateman, Robert.
Robert Bateman is one of the world’s greatest wildlife artists and most committed naturalists. This exquisite collection of recent works, all reproduced here for the first time in book form, is published in honor of his 80th birthday and features 75 full-colour reproductions of paintings depicting both North American and international wildlife scenes. This glorious edition includes an essay by Bateman in which he shares his wisdom on nature, environmentalism, education, and the role of art in the preservation of wilderness, as well as black-and-white sketches and commentary on specific works. Bateman: New Works is an essential addition to any Bateman collection and a satisfying introduction to the work of this revered and iconic artist.
An eye for nature: the life and art of William T. Cooper.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
Foreword by Sir David Attenborough. A wonderfully produced work on celebrated wildlife artist William T. Cooper. Illustrated with nearly 200 paintings and sketches, including never before published bird and landscape paintings, this biography by well-known author Penny Olsen traces the path of Cooper’s life and art.
In the work of artist William T. Cooper, platypuses swim in green underwater worlds, waves throw up blankets of spray, embers glow in the aftermath of a bushfire, a Thylacine emerges from the shadows, sniffing the air. But it is his paintings of birds which set Cooper aparthis raucous cockatoos, colourful parrots, animated turacos and flamboyantly displaying birds of paradise. Often placed in meticulously studied landscapes, these intricate bird portraits reveal Coopers close observation not only of his subjects appearance, but their habits, poses and behaviour.
In this biography, Penny Olsen traces the path of Coopers life and artfrom his childhood spent in the bush, to his teenage years as an apprentice taxidermist at Carey Bay Zoo and, later, to his work as a window dresser and landscape artist. She documents his fruitful partnership with wife and collaborator Wendy Cooper and his extensive travels in Australia and abroad in pursuit of his subjects. Olsens commentary reveals the development of an artist and the trajectory of a life, while extracts from Coopers extensive field notebooks give an insight into his interests and processes.
Illustrated with photographs, paintings and sketches, and includes a portfolio of bird and landscape paintings that have never before been published.
About the author:
Penny Olsen is a research scientist and natural history writer based at The Australian National University in Canberra. She has written more than 20 books, her most recent including Cayley &Son: The Life and Art of Neville Henry Cayley & Neville William Cayley (2013), Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists (2013), Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australias Curious Animals (2010) and Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet (2007) for which she received a Whitely Award from the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
The wildlife artist’s handbook.Artist/Author: Garner, Jackie.
Art has always been inspired by the wildlife around us. Since earliest times we have been continually fascinated by both wildlife and the challenge of representing it. This book sets the scene of how wildlife has been portrayed in art and guides the reader through the principles of practical drawing and painting wildlife. It covers recommended equipment, techniques, fieldcraft, composition and anatomy, and offers help for those wishing to exhibit their work.
John Gould: an Australian perspective.Artist/Author: Dawes, Sean.
Counted as one of the foremost one hundred men of his century, Gould more than any other naturalist, is responsible for superbly showing Europeans the unique wildlife of the ‘Great South Land’. This book magnificently documents his – often ground-breaking – work from his time in Australia and is accompanied by many of the wonderfully rich and distinctive paintings which resulted from his visit.