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Robert Bateman King Penguins Original Painting

" KING PENGUINS "
Robert Bateman

Original Acrylic on Board
12" x 16"
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"Everyone knows that penguins are flightless aquatic birds that live in the Antarctic. Some species do go further
north, such as the Galapagos penguin that lives near the equator. There are many species within the south polar
region. Of these the king penguin is the second largest. He is exceeded only by the emperor penguin, which I
have not yet seen in the field.

In some places, the king penguin breeds in colonies numbering in the thousands. The only ones I have seen were
in a small colony in the Falkland Islands. Even so, this was a great thrill because these birds are so spectacular in
appearance and so trusting.

There is an invisible circle of comfort around most living creatures. In the case of hunted mountain sheep, the size
of the circle may be miles; in the case of the garden slug, it might be millimeters. Many polar creatures lack the
fear of man and can be approached to within a few feet. Since penguins cannot fly and cannot outrun us, we have
to be very careful to stay well back of that circle of comfort so as not to disturb them, especially while they are
breeding. This is still close enough for good observation.

This painting is meant to revel in the glorious colours and modulated tones of the king penguin. Each bird looks
like a Georgia O'Keeffe painting. Although they have very expressive movements, their faces are hard to identify
with. This is partly because of the lack of highlight in the eye that is characteristic of creatures that have to see
under water." - Robert Bateman


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King Penguins - Robert Bateman

Limited Edition Print is available

" KING PENGUINS "
Robert Bateman

950 s/n Paper
8.25" x 10.25"
$359

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