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.Paintings by: Robert Brown

.Tropical Wildlife

Painting of woodpecker

16" X 20"


Termite nests are frequent sights in the branches of tropical rainforest trees. Here a large nest is being investigated by the large and spectacular Linneated Woodpecker

Painting of Bittern

Patterns in the reeds
9" X 5"


The American Bittern is occurs in South America as well as North America and is a bird of dense reedbeds. Here its plummage and posture give it excellent camoflage amongst the reeds. This painting is in many ways a study of the reeds and the use of paint to suggest the interesting paterns of the reeds and their subtelty of colour and shading.

Morning Glow
12" X 9"


The Pale breasted Thrush is a common garden bird in much of northern South America. It is not a colourful species, but like other thrushes it has great character and the subtlety of its colour is attractive and makes an interesting exercise in the use of paint and brush. The background is an impression of tropical foliage which is an exercise in the use of paint, with a strongly abstract element.

Painting of Thrush
Painting of Moorish Idol

Shades of blue
11" X 9"


In the tropical seas a shoal of Moorish Idols creates a creates interesting patterns of colour and shade for the artist.

.British Wildlife
Puffin painting

11" X 12"

Original SOLD. Giclee Print £ 225

A Puffin sits on the grassy cliff by its nests, looking out to sea. A typical scene at one of the many Puffin colonies around the coast of Britain. The striking contrast of the the Puffin's plummage, the blue of the sea and the bright green grass makes a striking composition

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.The artist
Robert Brown was born on March 30th. 1971. He has a degree in ecolog y from Lancaster University and a PhD in ecology and systematics from John Moores University. He was a professional biologists spcialising in the biodiversity of the Neotropics. He has worked at several scientific institutions including the Natural History Museum, U.S. National Museum and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He has been Director of Georgetown Zoo in Guyana and was Curator of Newquay Zoo. He worked for about fifteen years in the neotropics, studying a variety of wildlife in several countries including Guyana, Panama, Trinidad, Mexico and Costa Rica. In addition to his professional interest in biology he is a keen naturalist with a special in birds and fish. He has had a long involvement in conservation; in Guyana he formed and ran the largest and most active conservation group and was a leading figure in initiating the first environmental legistlation for that country. In addition to being an artist, Robert is a published photographer and writer.
Wildlife is the driving influence in Robert's life and art. In particular his long involvement with the wildlife of tropical South America is reflected in his art. Good art should open our eyes to the world around us and Robert sees this as an important part of his work; particularly as many of the existing conceptions of the wildlife in this region are rather stereotyped and limited. For this reason the artist emphasises less well known and glamorous subjects. He also tries to draw our attention to awspects of the natural world which may be overlooked. Too often we only see the superficially scenic whilst overlooking stunning images under our very noses. Robert searches for these on field trips and tries to open people's eyes to these unobserved gems.
The importance of subject matter cannot be underestimated in any art, but it cannot be allowed to overshadow other influences. Robert is very influenced by both modern art and oriental art and relates his work not just to the traditions of wildlife art, but also to those of mainstream art. Form, structure and pattern are all important elements of his work. He strives to make his work both simple and yet subtle, in the tradition of oriental art. In this he is strongly influenced by modern art, which also emphasises simplicity, form and structure. Indeed although his work is representational, he sees this as a veneer over an abstract structure thats gives his work a strength and power which much wildlife art lacks.
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