Bateman: New Works by Robert Bateman
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This influence is evident in paintings like Black-crowned Night Heron Pair, which also contains echoes of James McNeill Whistler, and Serengeti Dusk—White Storks. The idea for Serengeti Dusk grew from an evening in the Serengeti when my wife, Birgit, and I stayed out after sunset with our guide, watching a couple of lions. The landscape was dark, but the sky was glowing gold when we returned to camp. A flock of white storks flew into a long, shallow slough for a final drink before retiring to the trees for the night.
Indd 48 10/06/02 3:18 PM o riental art has always touched my soul. Many of my paintings and drawings were inspired, at least in part, by the art and calligraphy of Japan. This influence is evident in paintings like Black-crowned Night Heron Pair, which also contains echoes of James McNeill Whistler, and Serengeti Dusk—White Storks. The idea for Serengeti Dusk grew from an evening in the Serengeti when my wife, Birgit, and I stayed out after sunset with our guide, watching a couple of lions. The landscape was dark, but the sky was glowing gold when we returned to camp.
I recalled Vermeer’s The Art of Painting with its crinkled map on the wall. indd 59 10/06/02 3:20 PM P redators and prey have always fascinated people, perhaps because of our ancestry as hunter-gatherers. Most of my paintings re-create scenes I have observed, whether in the savannas of Africa, the tropical rain forest, the desert, temperate forests and fields, or even my own backyard. Some of my most vivid memories are of the sudden eruption when a predator chases down and catches its next meal.