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Brent Townsend - OPEN RIDGE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          OPEN RIDGE
by Brent Townsend


Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 34 3/8"w x 18 1/2"h.
Published: October 1992

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"This painting depicts some timber wolves coming out from the cover at the shore of a lake right around dusk. I've actually had the reference and the idea for this painting for a while. It was just a matter of putting the animals and the location together.

"The whole idea of the piece was to set up the wolves in a situation that would accentuate the backlighting. That is why I went to Killarney National Park. I wanted something dramatic with a cliff or a ridge behind the wolves and I knew the park had a lot of great cliffs.

"I studied wolves at a compound in Nova Scotia. The best thing about this compound is that they let me go right into the animal areas. I'm able to sit on the ground and the wolves come right up to me. Now that's an eerie feeling."

Brent Townsend
Many collectors in America are proud owners of one of Brent Townsend’s supremely detailed views of the North American wilderness. But almost every Canadian has a piece of Townsend art in their possession—in their pockets, perhaps, or on a desktop. His is the polar bear image on Canada’s two dollar coin, affectionately known as the "toonie." That is only the latest acknowledgment that Townsend is one of Canada’s favorite and foremost wildlife artists. In fact, he was both the first Canadian and the youngest person ever to be named "Artist of the Year" by the 1989 Western and Wildlife Art Exhibition. Pretty impressive for a man who considers himself essentially self-taught and started selling his artwork in the seventh grade. His lifelong fascination with the details of wilderness and the wealth of wildlife that could be found just outside, started when he grew up in a house bordered by a ravine on one side and a creek on the other. Inspired by Carl Rungius, Andrew Wyeth and other independently spirited artists, he started trying to capture on paper what he discovered in the wild. "I’d rather be out exploring, studying, sketching, photographing and painting," he says, "than discussing history, technique or career." His incredibly detailed, yet clear and precise art has gained admirers across the world. Named the featured artist at the Vancouver International Wildlife Art Show and a participant of the World Wildlife Fund’s "Spirit of the Wild" Show, he was also one of just five artists asked to exhibit with the Canadian Wildlife Art Exhibition in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.


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