LOON FAMILY " Robert Bateman
8631 Signed & NumberedLithograph Print 20" x 30.25" $1295
350 s/n Signed & NumberedGiclee Canvas 27" x 40" Email-price
"I was honoured to be commissioned to do a painting which was to be the present
of the Government of Canada to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales when he was married.
The suggested subject of the painting was loons, which delighted me as they are
among my favourite birds, with wonderful associations with the Canadian northland.
Their ringing call is one of the north's most memorable sounds.The setting of the
painting is in Killarney Park in northern Ontario, and the pre-Cambrian quartzite cliff,
the clear water and the plants and bushes are all very typical of this part of Canada.
Looking at these cliff faces is almost like looking at a painted mural. Nature has been
working on it, building up a pattern of lichens and mosses and ferns. I wanted to
recreate this mural effect, and established a strong abstract shape that is repeated
in the reflection in a broken-up, many-faceted impressionist way. The scene is placid,
but the composition's interest comes from the tension set up by having the loons
in the bottom right-hand corner and the overhanging hemlock branches up
on the left.The lighting is fundamental to the effect of this painting. I put almost
the entire painting in shadow, with the accents coming from the highlights. The
morning light is striking across the scene, picking up just a bit of the cliff
and the heads of the two adult loons." - Robert Bateman
Northern Reflections - Loon Family - Robert Bateman