Spotlight | Society of Animal Artists

Parker, CO
The Wildlife Experience, August 23-October 22

John Banovich, Tusk, oil, 85 x 85.

John Banovich, Tusk, oil, 85 x 85.

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On Saturday, August 23, The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO, unveils the Society of Animal Artists’ 54th Annual Exhibition, featuring wildlife and animal artworks by 125 member artists in diverse media and artistic styles. Visitors to the show are treated to works depicting everything from exotic African wildlife to household pets in a range of media, including two-dimensional works in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, scratchboard, and graphite and three-dimensional works in bronze, stone, paper, copper wire, and more. The exhibit remains on display at The Wildlife Experience through October 22, then a portion of the works travels to venues in New Jersey, Missouri, and Virginia over the next year. Here we introduce a few of the participating artists.

Although best known for oil paintings depicting African animals, internationally known Montana painter John Banovich also captures the iconic animals of North America and Asia. Born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Craig Bone draws on his intimate knowledge of African flora and fauna to create photorealistic depictions of wildlife such as elephants, leopards, and zebras set against the African landscape. He now lives in North Carolina.

Camille Engles, Good Girl, oil, 12 x 12.

Camille Engles, Good Girl, oil, 12 x 12.

Not tied to any one medium, Michigan artist Chris Chantland captures sporting dogs and horses in acrylics, oils, or graphite. Portraits of Labrador and golden retrievers and spaniels commissioned by devoted owners, as well as field-trial scenes, dominate his body of work. Working with scratchboard and also sculpting in bronze, Patricia “Patsy” Davis of Mancos, CO, depicts man’s best friends—canine, feline, and equine—as well as assorted wild animals, often capturing their humorous antics and endearing personalities.

Swiss artist Darryn Eggleton grew up in South Africa and creates photorealistic charcoal drawings and oil paintings of the animals to which he still feels drawn, including African cats, buffalo, zebras, and elephants. His closely cropped portraits are imposed on stark colored or plain white backgrounds. Acutely aware of the color and beauty around her, Tennessee resident Camille Engel captures songbirds and other animals—both domestic and wild—in intricate detail and emotive texture.

A pipe-smoking mouse and insect-
eyeing lizards are among the colorful 
and sometimes fantastic bronze sculptures of Arizona-based Kim Kori. Her vibrantly colored bronze works capture the magic she finds in the natural world. —Laura Rintala

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