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Brent Townsend - OUT OF THE SHADOWS -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Brent Townsend


Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 32 1/2"w x 16"h.
Published: March 1993

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"This is the edge of a beaver dam in Algonquin Park, Central Ontario and it is autumn. The water had been backed up but over the summer it's come back down so you've got fresh, green grass growing on the shoreline. The setting was good and I really liked the lighting which set the mood of the piece.

"I wanted to paint an animal which suited both the location and the lighting. I realized that a black bear would be challenging and appropriate. It looks like they are camouflaged in the darkness but they take on interesting hues in the light. You are dealing with an animal who is totally black so the qualities of the fur are brought out by reflective light or sunlight - that is the only way to bring character or definition to the animal. Otherwise, it just looks like a big lump of black. But if you place it in the sunlight at just the right angle, you will see all these colors that you wouldn't normally see."

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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