Most of you are aware we represent artists from all over the country, and that a lot of our artists are a pretty big deal. They are in international collections. They’ve shown in the Louvre. They’ve won shows. They are seen.
But you know all that, right? After all, we wouldn’t represent them if they weren’t awesome.
So, speaking of awesome, one of our artists, Robert Caldwell, just pulled off a major hat trick. He entered and was accepted into three major exhibitions. We received an email from him late last week, went a little something like this ...
“I wanted to share with you all that I did it! Three major wildlife exhibitions entered and all three have chosen my work to be included!!! All of them graphite pieces!!!”
I did not add any of the exclamation points. I gather he’s pretty excited, even if he’s currently sick as a dog and convalescing at his home.
The first work, Margin (Lioness), was selected for the Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII exhibition at the Bennington Center for the Arts (Bennington, VT), June 15-Aug. 25, 2013.
“These were the first lions that I had seen in the wild. We were driving on the outlying area, the margin, of Silale Swamp, which doesn't look like a swamp at all, when we saw one lion off to our left and another on our right. The one on the right was sitting up looking at the other lion, and you could sense that she wanted to cross the road and go to her mother or sister down in the tall grasses under an umbrella acacia tree.
“With my camera ready, I sat back and waited for her to cross the road. What an amazing sight; she strolled out across the dirt road and into the tall grasses, and with every step, I could see every muscle flex as she glided into the tall grass. I was amazed by how well she blended into the grass, the lightness of her fur blending into the stalks. This is what I wanted to capture in my drawing, how, moving ever so silently in the grass, the lion became part of her environment.”
The second piece, Kutokua Na Hatia (Colobus Monkey) was selected for Art and the Animal, the 53rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Arts, Bennington, VT, Aug. 31 – Oct. 31.
“Arusha National Park lies on the side of Mount Meru, an active volcano. As we made our way up the edge of the crater wall, we could see Mount Kilimanjaro through the tree canopy. As we came around a bend on the path, we spotted a grouping of colobus monkeys. The dense trees made it tricky to capture reference material. It wasn’t until we were coming back down from the top of the road that I saw a glimpse of white. My guide, Jeremy, very excitedly turned to me and said something in Swahili and pointed up at the monkeys. Even though I had been in the country for more than a week at this point and I felt like I was getting a grasp on the language, I had no idea what he said but I looked up and saw this little innocent face looking down at us. Baby colobus monkeys, I learned, are born with pure white fur but don't stay that way for long so I was extremely fortunate to have seen this little guy.”
Last, but not least, Robert’s Custodian (Ruppell’s Vulture) won a spot in Birds in Art, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s 2013 exhibition in Wausau, WI, Sept. 7 – Nov. 10, 2013.
“We had been on a game drive in Tarangire National Park that day through two heavy rains and had just broken through the rain front coming down the backside of a hill near Silale Swamp when I saw a large bird perched in a dead acacia tree.
“At this point in the day, it’s quiet. There aren’t many animals out, and trees are sparse around the swamp. But there was this Ruppell's Vulture just perched elegantly in the upper branches of the barren tree. The backend of the rain clouds gave the sky a light even tone that stretched across the backdrop of the vulture and its throne. It just seemed like such a powerful setting for what can be perceived as such an unwanted position, king or custodian.”
Congratulations to Robert on his fantastic trifecta.
While these three works aren’t in the gallery yet, we do have several of Robert’s paintings for you to come ogle. And if that’s not enough, Robert will be here June 2014 to celebrate the release of his forthcoming book, Draw Realistic Animals Wildlife, Pets & More. It will also be the first showing of the paintings from his trip to Africa, so stay tuned. (Don’t worry. I’ll remind you when we’re closer to the date.)
I’ll see you at the Gallery. No, really. I’m here now, pretty much everyday.