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Red Crowned Crane by Robert Bateman.
Date and Time: 
Until 28 March 2015
World Land Trust Art Gallery, Halesworth

Focusing on birds and mammals in their natural habitat, this exhibition at World Land Trust Art Gallery showed work by leading artists with a shared passion for wildlife. Artists included Robert Bateman, David Bennett, Trevor Boyer, Lars Jonsson and Ralph Thompson.

Robert Bateman is one of Canada’s best-known artists. Recognised by the Audubon Society as one of the 20th century’s ‘heroes of conservation’, he is a spokesman for many environmental and conservation issues, and has used his art to raise millions for these causes.

By depicting wildlife in its habitat, Robert invites the viewer to observe the natural world in all its minutiae. He said: “I can’t conceive of anything more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can, and to absorb it… and then I’d like to put it together and express it in my painting.”

David Bennett’s lively representational drawings and paintings illustrate a creativity inspired by observation and work in the field. His work is based on wildlife watching on the wild and remote west coast of Scotland, which is constantly subject to the dynamics of weather, light and season.

Trevor Boyer has travelled extensively around the world to observe birds in their natural habitats. His work has been published in numerous books, and has been exhibited and sold at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, London. 

Andrew Hutchinson is another painter who uses his skill to bring to the attention of a wider audience the beauty of the natural world around him.  

Avocets by Lars Jonsson

 Avocets by Lars Jonsson. 

Lars Jonsson is an artist, author and ornithologist with a passion for painting birds. Prodigiously talented, he had a one-man exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Stockholm in 1969 at the age of 15. He later developed an international reputation for his five bird guides, which were published in the 1970s. He is widely acclaimed for his interpretation and poetic renderings of birds and nature. In the field he uses a spotting scope as a tool. In the studio he works from thousands of sketches and watercolours of birds, landscapes, lights and details collected while working outdoors. He paints both in watercolour and oil; he also prints lithographs. 

During his working life Ralph Thompson (1913-2009) travelled extensively in Africa and India and his art has made a huge contribution to the conservation of animals worldwide. Among his many achievements, Ralph illustrated eight of Gerald Durrell's books. Of his work Gerald Durrell said: “Many of the things he had drawn were so accurate that he might well have been with me in Africa, peering over my shoulder at the things I saw.”

Bryan Reed is another British artist whose work is new to the gallery. His detailed images of birds are particularly striking.

The exhibition included prints and other paintings by Hans Geuse, Robert Gilmor, Robert Greenhalf, Denis Harle, Andrew Haslen, James Osborne, Susan Smith and Michael Warren. Also on show were sculptures by Roger Hardy, David Cooke, Jeremy James and Stephen Henderson.

Opening times during February 2015: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1pm to 4pm.
Opening times from March 2015 onwards: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Gallery shop

There is a great selection of artists’ cards and books in the gallery shop.

The gallery sells unframed prints by Nick Day, Robert Gilmor, Pauline S Hall, Amie HaslenIzzy Hutchison and Matt Underwood. Prices of unframed prints start at £45. Also on sale are framed, hand painted, ornithological prints by Edward Lear (prices from £75).

The gallery online shop is currently offering for sale a special edition giclée box canvas print Tyger by the artist Tanya Stiles. Inspired by the Big Cat Big Match fundraising campaign, organised and launched by World Land Trust (WLT) in October 2014, Tanya has very generously pledged to WLT £1,000 from the sale of every print. To view the print and for details of how to buy please click here »

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