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Park West Gallery Artist Sessions: The Collectors

Which artist(s) whose works you’ve collected would you most like to meet in person? Who have you already met that you’d like to see again?

It is a special joy and privilege for us to put our customers directly in touch with our artists, an experience historically reserved for only the wealthiest of art patrons and collectors — that is, until the founding of Park West Gallery. We thought we’d turn the tables and share a little insight into how our artists feel about our collectors. Watch:

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African Wildlife Artist Andrew Bone: Park West Gallery Artist Video Series

“Don’t paint it unless you’ve studied it,
been chased by it, or done something to save it.”
—ANDREW BONE

In the following Park West Gallery video exclusive, you’ll meet African artist Andrew Bone. As a wildlife conservationist, Bone strongly believes in painting from real life. Listen as the artist discusses his fascinating background and explains his detailed process of translating nature onto canvas…

→ To learn more about the artist, please visit the Park West Gallery Andrew Bone website at www.parkwest-bone.com

→ Andrew Bone fine art is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions. Browse the Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection at http://sales.parkwestgallery.com 

Wildlife Master Andrew Bone Paints a “Life-Size” African Elephant

Andrew Bone, Park West Gallery

Andrew Bone continues to astonish. The African conservationist, painter and adventurer has achieved yet another benchmark in his career. He recently painted a “life-size” (54″ x 95″) African elephant on canvas. The painting, which he titled African Majesty creates an unmatched experience while standing before it.

(Click image above to view in detail)

“One truly has the feeling of encountering this majestic animal in the flesh,” commented Park West Gallery Director, Morris Shapiro who assisted the collectors of the painting in July 2010 with their acquisition.

Andrew Bone, Park West Gallery

Artist and conservationist, Andrew Bone (far right) at Park West Gallery with the collectors of his life-size painting of an African Elephant, “African Majesty.”

“Andrew was actually charged by this bull in the wild, and he captured the energy of that dramatic moment so powerfully,” said Shapiro. “When I first encountered it, I was awed by the sheer size of the animal and as I moved before it, his liquid eyes appeared to follow me from side to side. I don’t know if an artist has ever painted a life-size elephant head before, but I doubt it. A special canvas had to be ordered for the painting and Andrew had some remarkable physical challenges in creating the work.”

The artist commented about his work:

“The creation of ‘African Majesty’ was challenging on numerous levels. The size was larger than ever attempted before, the proportions of the animal had to be perfect, and the piece needed character.

I had to make fundamental changes to my studio. Everything went on wheels to get from one end of the painting to another, the brushes got bigger and the canvas had to be hung on a bar in order to move it off the easel when I was not working on it. I mixed enough pigment to last for the 8 months it would take me to complete the piece and began the first rudimentary brush strokes.

Any artist will testify that the most satisfying part of creating a piece is seeing the art finally framed and hung. This was more so in the case of ‘African Majesty.’ The painting was enormous, bold and real – becoming of the most spectacular animal in the world.

In the fall of 2010 Bone will be embarking on one of the most arduous adventures of his life. He will be traversing the entire length of the Zambezi River (1,500 miles) by canoe. The journey, which will originate at the river source in the Congo and end at the Indian Ocean, will take months, but will allow Andrew an unprecedented access to subjects for his paintings. Bone will also be accompanied by a film crew who will capture the adventure for an upcoming National Geographic documentary.

For more information on Andrew Bone’s remarkable life and artwork, visit his website at http://andrewbone.com

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Andrew Bone: An Artist with a Mission

IN  NOVEMBER 2008, with generous sponsorship from Park West Gallery, wildlife artist Andrew Bone undertook a South African expedition that took him to the extremes that the continent had to offer.

The endless roads of the Namib desert.

The endless roads of the Namib desert

In over one month, through 5,000 miles, 5 countries and 6 punctures, wildlife artist Andrew Bone studied, photographed and recorded the fascinating inhabitants of some of the most inhospitable terrain in Africa. Andrew traveled through the oldest desert in the world (the Namib), the largest continuous stretch of sand (the Kalahari), examining the oldest living plant (the Welwichia) and the largest Cape Fur Seal colony in Africa – all of this in temperatures well in excess of 120 degrees.

From the black-maned lion of the Kgalaghadi to the birthing of springbok in Namibia, from the enormous Sociable weaver nests to the comical ostrich, from the belligerent beach-masters of Cape Cross to the zebra herds of Etosha, and from the mystique of the Victoria Falls to the elephant of the Kalahari – all now serve as inspiration for a series of oils, studies and sketches being undertaken this year by Andrew.

“The desert species have adapted remarkably to their harsh environment,” explained Andrew, “although all respect the mid-day truce when shade is the only true ally from the repressive heat. Waterholes, in the evening and morning, bring a constant stream of both predators and prey, and it is here that one can gather the best material.

“I have been fortunate in having had access to the Zambezi valley when I was learning how to paint, but now, having traveled through the desert, I have found that there is so much more that has captured my interest,” Andrew said.

Studying the Welwichia Plant in Namibia.

Andrew Bone studying the Welwichia Plant in Namibia

Inspired by his latest travels, there has been a new and exciting development in Andrew Bone’s art. In an attempt to bring ‘all things African’ to his Park West clientele, Andrew completed a series of oils depicting the Zulu people. The first time they were shown aboard a cruise, a bidding war broke out at the art auction, firmly establishing Andrew as a truly African artist. In April of 2009, the artist traveled once again to visit the Zululand interior to gather more material for a new series of oils.

In addition to his painting, Andrew continues to be involved with the conservation of his native continent. In a recent development he has been approached to become a trustee of a drive to create an awareness of the plight of the African wild dog.

In the near future, Andrew will be publishing his art journal, amidst numerous studies and paintings of his most recent works. Andrew’s anticipated memoir, Brushstrokes of Africa, relives his growing up in Rhodesia, the trauma of the bush war, his career as a guide in the Zambezi valley and the forces that have molded him into the wildlife artist he is today.

Young cheetah surveying the plains

Young cheetah surveying the plains

Bat Eared Fox - a common resident of Etosha

Bat Eared Fox - a common resident of Etosha

A lioness overlooking the Kalahari.

A lioness overlooking the Kalahari

Photo credit: Andrew Bone

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  • Learn more about wildlife artist Andrew Bone
  • Read more about Andrew’s South African safari
  • View artwork inspired by Andrew’s travels available at Park West Gallery

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Artist Andrew Bone’s South African Safari

Park West Gallery’s wildlife artist Andrew Bone is in process of putting the finishing touches to the planning of a Southern African safari for the end of the year. The trip will involve 4 African countries and more than 6,000 km.

Patterns in the Grass by Andrew Bone

Here’s the plan as Andrew explains it…

We shall begin our journey in my faithful Land Rover Defender from our home on the Southeast coast of South Africa, west through the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, a small proudly independent country surrounded by South Africa, boasting some of the most rugged mountainous country (and the highest altitude bar in Africa) in Southern Africa. We will be entering Lesotho via the Sanipass, one of the steepest gradients of any graveled road with plans to tar it. Since living in South Africa, I have wanted to drive up the pass.

Exiting Lesotho through it’s western boundary we shall proceed northwest into the dry hinterland of South Africa, towards the Orange River and to the Kgalagdi Transfrontier National Park. This unique park is a perfect example of the possibilities of African states working together to benefit wildlife. Three independent national parks have joined to form one large park that encompasses the three countries of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Kgalagdi is renowned for it’s cheetah population.

Entering Namibia we will travel to the capital Windhoek and onto the inhospitable, deEvening Prowl by Andrew Bonesolate skeleton coast, boasting the highest sand dunes in the world and a Cape seal population numbering over 100,000. I have heard that time spent viewing the colony is limited to how long one can stand the aroma! We will then head inland towards the northeast to the Etosha National Park.

Situated in the north of Namibia, close to the Angolan border lies the Etosha. An area rich in wildlife since the introduction of waterholes, it is famous for it’s enormous elephant, springbok and Oryx. Lions follow the herds and I read a report of a pride of lions tearing through the middle of a game viewing hide, chasing an eland, scattering wildlife enthusiasts in every direction.

After spending as much time as possible in Etosha we will journey west along the Caprivi Strip to the point where, on the Zambezi river, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet. We will take a bit of time out at the Victoria Falls and enjoy bungee-jumping and white water-rafting. It will, I’m sure be a nostalgic trip as we have not traveled back to Zimbabwe for 5 years or more – and our favorite place is the Falls. We shall enter Botswana through the Chobe and travel south to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

This is not for the faint-hearted. The oldest desert in the world is also home to tShift in the Wind by Andrew Bonehe desert elephant, the black-maned Kalahari lion and the Bushman. Everything that survives in this area has learned to adapt and live on the meagerest of water and food. It is here that I want to ‘discover’ the San people, record their ways and paint and sketch them in their wonderful environment. The Bushmen were the original occupants of Southern Africa and some of their rock art dates back 5,000 years.

We shall then re-enter South Africa through southern Botswana and journey home again.”

Good Travels Andrew! Park West Gallery looks forward to Andrew’s safe return and all of the inspired artwork that is sure to follow!

 

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