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ROBERT BATEMAN
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Robert Bateman Kingfisher and Aspen

" KINGFISHER AND ASPEN "
Robert Bateman

950 s/n Paper
23.25" x 19.375"
$975


" A staccato rattle sounds. There is nothing else like the call of a kingfisher. I am near a lake,
and he is flying, but I can't see where. For some reason when I hear one I always want to see
him. I like his shape, his air-scooping flight, and perhaps I might see him hover, plunge and catch
a fish. Then I see him flash by the aspen along the shore. Wait a moment! It wasn't a 'him', it
was a 'her'. You can tell by the rusty flanks.

Universally, the kingfisher is found near water and fish. To me, in North America, it always
symbolizes clear, blue northern waters. The typical tree of this area, especially in the autumn,
is the trembling aspen. The leaves like medallions of gold, tilt and glint in the sun because of
a flattened rather than rounded stem. Even in the slightest breeze, it shimmers and produces
a gentle, rustling sound like distant moving water.

I wanted to make this a 'pattern' picture with no major focus, but with flickering rhythms moving
throughout. Two contemporary artists may have provided subconscious inspiration. One is Jackson
Pollock, whose rhythmic dribble and splatter canvases can be a feast for the eye. The other is
Victor Vasarely, whose 'op' art uses circles gradually changing, perhaps from light yellow against
dark blue to dark yellow against light blue. I have provided a similar transition by modulating
the tone of the leaves and the tone of the water."
Robert Bateman


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Kingfisher and Aspen - Robert Bateman

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