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African Ancients, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
July 2016

Menace, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
February 2016

Papyrus Swamp Monarchs, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION
March 2015

Simba, ANNIVERSARY CANVAS
December 2014

The Solitary Hunter, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
June 2014

Confrontation, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
December 2013

Cheetah Pair, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
March 2013

The Guardian, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
May 2012

Standoff, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
March 2012

Chui, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 2011

The Survivors, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
May 2010

Lion Cub and Butterfly, SMALLWORK CANVAS EDITION
April 2010

Midday Siesta, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 2009

The Last Elephants, MUSEUMEDITION CANVAS
May 2008

Eyes of Warning, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY EDITION
February 2008

Lion Cub, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 2007

Tsavo Sentinel, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
May 2007

Arrogance, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
April 2007

In His Prime, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
January 2007

First Light, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
August 2006

Ripples and Reflections, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
April 2006

Heavy Drinkers, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY EDITION
January 2006

Heavy Drinkers, MUSEUMEDITION ANNIVERSARY EDIT
January 2006

An African Experience, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION
September 2005

Kilimanjaro Morning, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY EDITION
April 2005

The Crossing, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY EDITION
January 2005

Tension at Dawn, ANNIVERSARY EDITION
June 2004

AFRICA AND BEYOND, TRADEBOOK
June 2004

African Oasis, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY EDITION
November 2003

THE BIGGEST LEOPARD, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
October 2003

AMBOSELI ANCIENTS, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
September 2003

FOREST WATERHOLE, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION
February 2003

STAYING CLOSE, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
October 2002

Wildebeest Migration, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY EDITION
August 2002

AFTERMATH, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
August 2002

FAMILY TIES, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
March 2002

ABSOLUTE ALASKA, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 2001

ABSOLUTE ALASKA, MASTERWORK CANVAS
September 2001

AN AFRICAN EXPERIENCE, POSTER
July 2001

AFTERGLOW, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
May 2001

AFTERGLOW, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
May 2001

KEEPING DISTANCE, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
January 2001

DRINKS ALL ROUND, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
July 2000

DROUGHT, DUST AND DANGER, MW CANVAS
November 1999

HOT LIONS, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 1999

IMMINENT PURSUIT, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
January 1999

THE GREAT CATS, TRADE BOOK
September 1998

THE GREAT CATS W/ PROWLER, COLL. BOOK & PRINT
September 1998

THERE WAS A TIME, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
June 1998

SENTINELS, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
February 1998

SNOW PACK, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
October 1997

FROM THE SHADOWS, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
August 1997

HEAVY DRINKERS, MW PRINT
July 1997

THE SIBERIANS, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
August 1996

SNOW TRACKER, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
January 1996

MOUNTAIN MYTH, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
November 1995

GREAT CATS-BOXED SET COLLECTION, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
September 1995

SIBERIAN WINTER, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
September 1995

SERIOUS INTENT, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
July 1995

PRIDE, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
May 1995

GOLDEN SILHOUETTE, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
March 1995

JUNGLE PHANTOM, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
January 1995

INDIAN SUMMER, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
November 1994

EYES OF WARNING, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
October 1994

AN AFRICAN EXPERIENCE, TRADE BOOK
July 1994

DISDAIN, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
April 1994

FEARFUL SYMMETRY, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
December 1993

LOOKOUT, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
October 1992

THE HYPNOTIST, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
August 1992

AFRICAN OASIS, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
May 1992

MIDDAY SUN, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
December 1991

STUDY IN CONCENTRATION, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
March 1991

KILIMANJARO MORNING, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
December 1990

STANDOFF, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
November 1990

THE GUARDIAN, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
June 1990

THE WATERING HOLE, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
November 1989

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
May 1989

MASAI - LONGONOT KENYA, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
February 1989

SIMBA, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
July 1988

CONFRONTATION, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
April 1988
  
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. Visit Simon's official website: Click here.

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