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Animals and Wildlife
Animals have long been a source of inspiration for artists across the world. Their imagery is used to explore and develop a closeness to habitats and creatures that would otherwise be inaccessible to us. Depictions of wildlife are often used to examine our own complex relationships with the natural world and how we impact it and learn from it. Few subject matters are bursting with more texture, shapes and colours than wildlife. Through wildlife artwork, we have studied and admired their form, worshipped them as deities, and used them to provoke, comment, and ask ourselves questions.
The work you’ll find here at Onlin Art Gallery showcases talented wildlife artists who use their skills to celebrate the diversity and beauty of nature, gracefully capturing the natural world in a range of different disciplines.
Wildlife Paintings for Sale
If you’re looking for wildlife artwork for sale, with a particular interest in paintings that depict animals in their natural surroundings, the work of Jeff Cain is an excellent place to start. Having experienced the wilderness first-hand whilst assisting biologists on field studies in Alaska, his fascination with animals shines through in his realism paintings.
Jeff’s intricate animal paintings are immensely lifelike, representing a pure form of photorealism in both detail and execution. Both Cain and fellow wildlife artist Steffan Johnson are inspired by classical and traditional painting styles. Johnson’s watercolour birds are both delicate and lifelike, whilst Cain’s work often focuses on paintings of carnivores that are so large and intricate they take months to complete.
We also have quirky, colourful animal paintings by Gary Limehouse, whose eye-catching, vibrant and quirky paintings would make the perfect addition to a children’s nursery.
Animal Paintings for Sale
Whether the inclusion of animals in art is symbolic or literal, their influence and our fascination with the natural world continue to drive today’s artists to find new ways to bring them to life on the canvas. The history of wildlife in art spans back to cave paintings, where the earliest artists demonstrated a direct and clear understanding they lived alongside and depended on for food and clothing.
By the 15th century, animals were a focal point for many artists as discoveries of new countries led to studies of exotic, native creatures people had never seen before. Wildlife art was used to inform, study and provoke intrigue.
With the development of photography in the 1800s, artists became inspired to paint and depict animals less as scientific studies and more as they would naturally appear in the wild. As a result, people began working from life, creating art that reflected creatures in their natural habitats rather than treating them as a diagram.
In contemporary art, creators have the freedom to work with wildlife in art in the way that best suits what they are setting out to achieve. Whether this is for study, an exploration of the form, or simply for enjoyment, it is the artist’s prerogative.