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The message behind the selection of this Catalogue’s Publisher’s Choice is simple: take note of Guy Combes. He is a top-tier wildlife artist and Leopard Lounge is the painting that drives this point home.
His father, Simon Combes, cast a large shadow and stepping out of it is going to be no small feat. Certainly, those of us who go into the “family business” recognize, as we invite a lifetime of comparison to our predecessors. Being Simon’s son does give him an advantage, but probably not in the fashion you are thinking. The advantage in what really matters is he learned his technique from a master and Africa runs in his blood. He understands and conveys the tie between the animal and the land because he has experienced it since his birth and he was taught and paints in a style that represents it best.
When Guy began his art career, the work he presented to the public focused on the people (not the wildlife) of East Africa, shying away from the subject matter for which his father was renowned. Yet, to those of us who had the chance to see one of Guy’s wildlife drawings or paintings, it was apparent that wildlife was the subject he should focus on.
An Artist-In-Residence program at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ has proven to be the period of concentrated research, drawing and painting that has seen Guy’s work flourish. The Blauvelt is one of the few museums in the United States to concentrate solely on wildlife art and artists. He has just been accepted as an Associate Member of the Society of Animal Artists. As a member of Artists for Conservation, he won the Medal of Excellence at their 2009 Annual Exhibition for The Crèche. Guy Combes is the real deal and is going to be an important figure in wildlife art. He is an artist to follow and collect, a Combes through and through.
On the subject of parents, Morgan Weistling’s Country Schoolhouse 1879 was awarded the David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award at the 2010 Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. The winner of this award is selected at the event by the attendees. I love it when a Greenwich artist wins this award. Howard Terpning’s The Sound of a Distant Bugle won the Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Painting. Mian Situ took home the Gene Autry Memorial Award for his three works The Intruder, Angel’s Camp, California, 1849; Over the Next Rise; and Bridge to the Spirit World, which can be found in this Catalogue.
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P.S. A reminder that through this Catalogue, you will note the following symbol “M” appearing beneath certain images. This denotes images that are presented in a hand-crafted Montgomery Frame.
||Montgomery Frames shown
in print version of Catalogue.
(Framing not included.)
by Guy Combes
“Find a sausage tree,” says Guy Combes, “and the chances are good you’ll find a leopard as well. They are ideal for leopards, with their large broad branches to sprawl out on or to place a kill for safekeeping away from lions, hyenas and jackals. Leopards have evolved incredibly strong fore and hind leg muscles specifically for climbing trees. This trait allows them to avoid fighting with other animals of prey over a kill.
“Sausage trees don’t grow in stands, so a large solitary tree provides a leopard not only with solitude but also with an expansive view of what is happening in the territory around it. Leopards will hunt from the early evening to dawn so at midday, as it was when I came across this great cat on the Maasai Mara, leopards are most likely resting. This cat was so comfortable in its perch that a group of elephants rubbing themselves on the base of the tree barely disturbed it.”
To view Leopard Lounge in process go to: www.guycombes.com and click “On The Easel.”
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