Carl Brenders

Carl Brenders

Belgian artist Carl Brenders is an internationally recognized wildlife painter known for his exceptionally faithful and powerful rendition of nature. Born in Wilrijk, Belgium, Carl Brenders first studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Antwerp and later at Berchem. He made his debuts in the art world as an illustrator for well-established European publishing companies. His illustrations of wildlife for the book series La vie secrète des bêtes (Hachette) were later published in English as Nature’s Hidden World. These books already show what was to become Carl’s trademark: the accurate capture of his subjects and their habitat. Nature in all its diversity is Carl Brenders’s one and only inspiration. No subject is too humble or noble for him. He will paint with equal love and focus a cluster of ladybugs, a clutch of ducklings, a fox, a pride of lions or a small patch of lichen growing on a branch. Capturing nature’s wildlife in all its beauty and drama imparts Carl’s work with considerable and captivating variety. The meticulously detailed paintings, so striking in their tactile realism, express the artist’s philosophy that nature is perfect: “This is why I paint the way I do with so much detail and so much realism—I want to capture that perfection.” Art publications have featured Carl Brenders in books such as More Wildlife Paintings Techniques of Modern Masters and The Best of Wildlife Art, Wild: The Amazing World of Wild Animals. His art is also the main focus of Wildlife: The Nature paintings of Carl Brenders, Song of Creation, and Pride of Place: The Art of Carl Brenders. The deep respect and admiration Carl feels towards nature and its wildlife does not only manifest itself in his works but also in his staunch defense of the environment in a world that has become more and more hostile to animals and vegetation. The passionate plea he enters in the statement he wrote for his Endangered Ambassadors, a rendition of two Bengal tiger cubs, is particularly moving and speaks of his commitment to the preservation of the environment. Carl, the artist, is also a fervent naturalist and environmentalist. Although Carl sees himself as a mere artisan, world acclaimed and fellow wildlife Canadian artist Robert Bateman refutes such an assertion and writes: “Carl is, after all, from Flanders. He takes us out of doors and his birds and mammals are very much alive, but his art is part of that same great tradition. Carl is a Flemish master".

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