"The Solitary Hunter" by Simon Combes

"The Solitary Hunter" by Simon Combes

The Solitary Hunter
by Simon Combes

“Leopards are among the most adaptable animals in Africa,” related artist Simon Combes. “They are found at sea level in the humid coastal strip, in dry, arid, semi-desert country and in the highland forests well over 10,000 feet in altitude. The frozen remains of one were discovered preserved in a glacier on Mt. Kilimanjaro. A friend was sitting on the verandah of Samburu Lodge having a late night drink after the hordes of tourists had retired to bed, when a leopard calmly walked through the tables and chairs picking up scraps of food from the floor. In my house in suburban Nairobi I sometimes found characteristic pugmarks round my garbage cans. I would equate them to the raccoons in America and fox in Europe in this respect.”

“When the obscene height of fashion was to wear a leopard-skin coat, it was feared that these beautiful cats were in danger of grave depletion. Numerous research programs were initiated to ascertain the true situation and I believe the investigators were pleasantly surprised by their results, which generally proved that many more existed than previously thought.”

A jumbled mass of densely forested peaks and ridges rise to more than 9,000 feet at the edge of Kenya’s Rift Valley. Stalking from the trees of the Ngurman Mountains, this leopard, with his arrogant independence, ruthless hunting skills and beautiful coat epitomizes all that is feline. Moody and ethereal, The Solitary Hunter provides us with an awe-inspiring image of one of the most elusive and secretive predators found on the continent of Africa.
"The Solitary Hunter" by Simon Combes

Sizing & Pricing

Anniversary Edition™
Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

Limited to 45 and numbered.
32"w x 24"h. $595

 



Art for Soysambu Conservancy

Whether you’ve been touched by the magic of Soysambu or love the art of Simon Combes, you can show off your passion for Africa and support the Conservancy at the same time. The beauty of this art inspires you daily with the warmth of the African Experience while your purchase supports our operations as well. Collecting Simon Combes Fine Art Editions through this link provides us with 50% of the sale, the same revenue we’d receive if we operated our own gallery here in the Rift Valley. Our friends at The Greenwich Workshop, publishers of Simon’s artwork since 1979, will ship anywhere in the world and can even help you with the framing of your art.  

Soysambu is one of the few remaining privately owned large scale traditional wildlife areas in the Great Rift. It comprises 48,000 acres of unspoilt natural landscape that co-hosts some of the world's greatest diversities and concentrations of bird species. It’s shoreline of Lake Elmenteita is an important foraging site for the lesser flamingo, and a major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans. The property features sizeable mammal populations, including Rothschild's giraffe, buffalo herds and leopards.The sustainable management of this conservation area requires a holistic management approach that takes into account different physical domains: 1) the estate proper as a wildlife conservation area in its own right 2) the surrounding buffer landscapes, including Lake Elmenteita and 3) the pivotal role Soysambu Conservancy fulfils in the greater Rift Valley.

Some of the noted visitors to Soysambu are Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Jomo Kenyatta, Evelyn Waugh, Edward, Prince of Wales and Prince Amyn Aga Khan. Beryl Markham worked with the horses and wildlife artist Simon Combes grew up on Soysambu. A stunning film location with scenes from the Oscar winning In a Better World and Tomb Raider 3 where filmed. Soysambu is a very special place indeed!

For more information on Soysambu Conservancy, visit www.soysambuconservancy.org

 

Explore Artist Simon Combes' Portfolio of Fine Art Editions



About Simon Combes

In 1940, Simon Combes was born in “Wilderness Cottage,” in Shaftsbury, England, and from that day in June, the wilderness always attracted him. His first adventures began early when, in 1946, his parents immigrated to farm in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, a magical place for a young boy. Simon loathed his years at boarding school in Nakuru and at Duke of York in Nairobi, always longing for the freedom of the bush. While managing a 2,000 acre farm when he was seventeen, he was drafted into six months compulsory military training after already applying for appointment in the Kings African Rifles. He was accepted into 4 KAR but having just finished his training was sent to Uganda where one of his duties was to teach basic etiquette and rugby to a young Idi Amin. He attended Sandhurst Military Academy and returned to Kenya to join the 3rd Kings African Rifles in time for Kenya’s Independence. 

In 1964, Simon was chosen to form and command Kenya’s elite Parachute Regiment. This involved training the first 250 paratroopers in England, and translating all the instruction books into Swahili. Their first posting back in Kenya was fighting the Shifta war in the North Eastern province. It was during this time Simon started to draw and paint as a hobby to occupy his spare time. His subjects were the Somali and Boran people and the landscapes of the North. 

In 1969, he held his first exhibition in Nairobi which was a sell-out on the opening night. It was then that the idea of painting full-time started. However, he was refused release from the army and was moved to army HQ as staff officer in charge of all operations and training. He was also captain of the army shooting team and vice chairman to the Kenya Rifle Association. A Major at 28 and performing the duties of a Lieutenant Colonel, his military peers remember him fondly as a “True Kenyan.” 

Finally, in 1974, he was released from the army and started life as a professional artist. Best known for his stunning images wildlife in the African bush, he achieved worldwide success and acclamation through many prestigious awards. His paintings hang in private and museum collections around the globe. Simon’s life was rich with great adventures and wildlife encounters. From being lost in a blizzard while crossing the Altai Mountains in Mongolia and flying into the jungles of Venezuela to sketching Bengal Tigers atop a howdah on a swaying elephant in India, his experiences and observations led him to develop his exacting artistic style, rendering his subjects with such depth and exquisite detail. Africa & Beyond: The Art and Adventures of Simon Combes, a retrospective exhibition of Simon’s major works, was held at The Wildlife Experience Museum in 2004 to celebrate his great artistic achievements. 

Since 1979, The Greenwich Workshop, Inc., has published his works as Fine Art Reproductions on paper and canvas. He always said, if given the time he would rather write than paint. This talent is apparent in his books An African Experience, distributed by The Greenwich Workshop and Great Cats, published by The Greenwich Workshop, Inc. Simon was also working on a book of Limericks about life in Kenya which reveals his ability to entertain us with his wit and humor. Simon had a wonderful talent for communication, whether in speech, writing or painting. Never self assuming, he gave talks in Kiswahili to the farm staff, through a translator to school children in Russia and also to many interested groups around the world. Not only a man of the arts, but an avid conservationist as well, Simon had recently appointed Kenya Representative and Project Director for Rhino Rescue Trust. He sat on the boards of several wildlife conservation organizations and raised, through his art, many thousands of dollars for their causes. 

On Sunday, December 12, 2004, atop a beautiful ancient volcano near his home in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Simon’s life was tragically taken by one of the wild animals he so lovingly portrayed in his paintings. He never “gathered moss” and now he has come home. He is survived by his wife Kat, his children, Cindy and Guy, his sister, Jenny all of Kenya and his former wife Susie of England. We shall remember Simon well.





 

Become a Dealer Books Google+ YouTube Pinterest Instagram Twitter Facebook Privacy Policy Shows and Events About Us Licensing Art Registration and Sign In Legal Valuation of Your Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions Find a Dealer Marketing Book Media Resources Frequently Asked Questions Email Customer Service 800.243.4246 Video Type Price Artist Subject New Releases GreenwichWorkshop.com