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Brent Townsend - HAILSTORM CREEK -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Brent Townsend


Limited Edition of: 1250
Image Size: 33"w x 17 1/8"h.
Published: May 1993

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"In honor or Algonquin Park's 100th anniversary, I painted a bull moose and a cow moose in a location of my own devising. Moose symbolize northern wilderness and wildlife to me. When you see one, you know you're not standing at 42nd and Broadway.

"The first thing you should know about Algonquin Park is that it's huge. I covers more than 7000 square kilometers - that's 2 1/2 the times of Yosemite. There is one section of the park that is a nature-reserved zone. That is where I usually go canoeing because there are a lot of moose up there.

"I called the image 'Hailstorm Creek' simply because I liked the sound of it. It wasn't hailing that morning when I went looking for moose in late October but there was snow the night before and sleet in the morning. It finally settled into a cold, overcast, tranquil day which is what I tried to capture."

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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