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Tillenius has spent his whole working life drawing and painting the wildlife of North America. He has spent years travelling with the Indian and Inuit people of the Canadian north. He lost his right arm in an accident in 1936, which did not mean the end of his artistic career … he learnt to paint with his left. He says ‘Art that is to endure must always derive its strength from nature; that is, the artist must have a profound understanding of, and a feeling for, the elemental sources of things, the rhythms of life that are not affected by passing fashions. In my paintings of animals and wilderness, I strive to convey what I feel about these things, to portray a wilderness world intelligible to any human being who is exhilarated by a mountain sunrise, who sees with pleasure a rabbit track across a snowy field, or who simply enjoys being outdoors.
oil on canvas
H 89.2 x W 120.3 cm
on loan from Penny Morris
SignedClarence Tillenius 1986