“If you can’t excite people about wildlife, how can you convince them to love, cherish, and protect our wildlife and the environment they live in?” – Steve Irwin

When artists use the beauty and wonder of wildlife as their subject, they are not just recreating a depiction of an animal, they are exploring a life. Animal portraits, like with human subjects, much capture the energy, the emotion, and the environment that surrounds and animates the creature, much more than simply outlining the recognizable features. Artists who delve into the world of the wild learn to create a persona without the use of words or conversation. There is an innate understanding between the artists and their muse, which must be shared between the subject, the artist, and the viewer.

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ARTmine has introduced many new artists who use wildlife as their inspiration and who portray these creatures in their work, and we’re glad to share their art with you:


Arno Goossens

“Dancing Cranes,” Bronze, 20″ x 16″ x 16″

Arno GoossensNetherlander artist Arno Goossens starts off our recent roster of artists working with wildlife. As both an artist and biologist, Goossens bronze sculptures are well-researched recreations of poses based on real animal behavior. “It is not my intention to create an exact copy of the animal,” he says. Rather, he focuses on revealing “an interpretation of the animal and especially its behavior and movement.”

 

 

Bree Castillau

“Into the Eyes of Our Cousin,” Digital Photography, 16″ x 24″

Bree CastillauPhotographer Bree Castillau has traveled far and wide to capture brilliant stills of creatures large and small. Castillau’s ability to capture the personality of her animal subjects adds a physical presence to her photography, something which allows her to be classified as an “inspirational photographer.” However, it is her use of color and the highlights and low-lights in the natural image which sets her photographic style apart from that of other nature wildlife photographers.

 

 

Melissa Helene

“Backyard Pal,” Ink & Clay on Scratchboard, 6″ x 6″

Melissa HeleneBlack and White artist Melissa Helene captures the animal kingdom in all shades. Her technical skills render everything from the sticky toes of a tree frog to the wetness of a wolf’s nose with such detail, you can hardly realize they’re all hand drawn. This attention to detail captures the soul of these creatures through the use of stippling and fine lines, drawing a dramatic attention to even the smallest of details.

 

 

Simon Raskina

“Tiger Eyes,” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 30″

Simon RaskinaPainter Simon Raskina gets up close and personal with our furry and feathered friends, painting bright and enthralling portraits that dare you to stare down some of the most dangerous of beasts. The intensity of his brushstrokes and bold color palette animates each work, bringing forth a wild type of energy. Each work is created with a positive message in mind, which is what allows the viewer to truly feel at peace even when potentially flanked by a natural reaction filled with fear or hesitance.

 

 

Tiko Sanikidze

“Zebra,” Pencil on Paper, 16″ x 24″

Tiko SanikidzTiko SanikidzHailing from the country of Georgia, artist Tiko Sanikidze is a master of pencil drawing. She can render any tone or texture with the most common of media. The interesting composition of Tiko’s work gives the viewer a unique emotional perspective that goes beyond the capabilities of a photograph. With a degree in architecture, Sanikidze’s intense concentration on creating hyper-realistic works give the viewer a look into a reality that is exciting and new.

 

 

Ellen Cuylaerts

“In Between Worlds,” Photograph on Fine Art Paper, 25″ x 20″

Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen CuylaertsIf you’ve had enough of safari animals, you can travel to the ends of the earth with marine and wildlife photographer Ellen Cuylaerts. Taking her viewers on a journey to worlds so foreign to the human collective, Cuylaerts has had the opportunity to get up close and personal with critters from the deep and from the poles. Choosing to focus on expressing her own emotions during her wildlife encounters, Cuylaerts has dedicated herself to gaining a deeper understanding of animals and their natural habitats.

 

 

John Newcomb

“The Tea Party,” Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 48″

John NewcombBlurring the lines between the human and animal empires, painter John Newcomb uses animals as a way to explore humanity and society. His human-animal hybrid “beasties” examine psychology and symbolism with skillful rendering of creatures full of personality – working out, drinking tea, or dressed in their Sunday best, each of his character exude energy in these surreal situations.

 

 

You can see these artworks and more on ARTmine.com! Be sure to check back to the blog for more new artworks and artists from the Agora family.

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