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Mort Solberg - McNEIL RIVER FISHERMEN -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          McNEIL RIVER FISHERMEN
by Mort Solberg

$150.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 2000
Image Size: 31 1/4"w x 23 1/2"h.
Published: November 1985


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There may be no other place in the world where one could expect to see so many bears in one place, at one time. Drawn by an abundance of spawning salmon, the bears congregate on the McNeil River every year from early July until mid-August.

The McNeil River is located some 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. It drains into Kamishak Bay in the shadow of an active volcano; it is a roadless area that has remained undisturbed by human development. About a mile upstream from the river's mouth, rocks and boulders form an obstacle to upstream migration. These natural formations provide the best fishing for bears and it is here that they congregate.

These impressive mammels, who ordinarily live solitary lives, can be seen in large numbers, fishing for salmon. The fish are so plentiful that even the young and inept hunters among them manage to catch their fill.


Mort Solberg
Solberg adds, "To paint what you see is one thing but to feel what you see and to be able to paint that impression is something else again." The artist has created a distinctive, timeless style by contrasting loose and flowing forms with sharp edges and tight definition. His interest in art began early and he pursued it through the years at the West Technical High School and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Following graduation, Solberg entered the world of commercial art, first working at an art studio, then for American Greetings. He was content to work successfully in that field until a job as art director for another card copy brought him west. There he was inspired to explore photography, eventually returning to painting with a new point of view and a vital new approach. The result has been art that has been lauded across the continent. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art and the American Bicentennial Gallery, among others. His honors include a purchase award from the National Watercolor Society’s top award, and an award of merit from the Society of Animal Artists. Solberg is a member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. The result is also art that has been lauded across the continent. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art and the American Bicentennial Gallery, among others.

 

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