The Phoenix Collection is proud to present the stunning wildlife art of reknowned wildlife artist James Corwin whose fabulous art is inspired by the animals of the exotic places he visits. You may view his in-progress gallery The Art of James Corwinwith many more beautiful paintings to be added over the next few days.
Our blog header above features his masterful painting, “Roger-African Rhino,” Although the original has been sold for $5,500 USD, a Limited Edition of only 95 prints are available at “Roger-African Rhino” by James Corwin in 8″ x 10″, “16” x 20″ or the original size of 24″ x 30.” Each print is signed and numbered by James and is also offered in an embellished version with paint and texture added by the artist to reproduce the look and feel of the original painting, a truly unique one-of-a-kind work of art.
The story behind “Roger” is heartbreaking. Roger was killed by poachers and his mate critically injured only months after James, on safari in Africa, met him at the game reserve, Jembisa – An African Bush Home. Even though Roger had 24-hour security watching him in the bush and a poisoned horn to deter poachers, they were able to savagely attack him and his wife Rosie, who was pregnant. It is not known whether her baby survived. James was deeply saddened by the news and has now painted “Roger” and also “In Memory,” a painting he donated to Safari Club International to honour this beautiful rhino’s spirit. In 2016, Safari Club International has made James Corwin their spotlight artist.
Dedicated to not only his art but also wildlife conservation, James is flying down to Africa this week to work at an anti-poaching station and rhino orphanage. For 5 weeks he will be learning all about efforts to end poaching and protect rhinos. It will be an incredible experience for him and he’s sure many paintings will follow.
About James Corwin
James Corwin designs distinct oil paintings through a unique balance of gestural paint techniques and precise detail. Primarily focused on wildlife he creates a finely detailed subject often emerging through obscure and atmospheric landscapes. Avoiding static portraits and general themes in wildlife art, Corwin aims to engage the viewer through his dynamic compositions that stir emotion. “Wildlife in nature is elusive and I desire to capture this reality.”
With an appreciation for both fine detail and contemporary art, Corwin exquisitely marries the two in each painting with detailed subjects and loosely constructed backgrounds often exposing the underpainting and raw canvas.
Corwin gathers inspiration and references from his frequent travels to exotic destinations around the world. A recent trip to South Africa opened his eyes to threats of poaching on wildlife. A portion of his sales support conservation projects throughout the world.
Corwin has established himself as a widely collected artist at a very young age. His artwork is collected nationally and internationally as he participates in prestigious exhibitions and auctions throughout the year. He is the youngest artist to ever participate in both Dallas Safari Club and Safari Club International in Las Vegas. Typically he paints 10-12 hours per day, 7 days a week. He also has two studios overlooking the white sandy beaches of Long Island, NY and located in Lakeside, MT overlooking Flathead Lake and the Swan Mountain Range.
By providing utmost quality and innovation in his painting, Corwin creates a sustaining legacy of integrity and loyalty in his art and conservation.
Corwin was born June 24, 1991 in Honolulu, HI. Two years later he moved to Montana where he grew up in Kalispell. He participated in a 2-year International Art Program. Through this he was able to explore his creative talent in painting and develop several techniques and approaches to his work. Corwin was awarded a $30,000 grant by the John and Ann Taylor Foundation to continue painting. Since then he has acquired numerous exhibitions and awards. He attended Marietta College and Montana State University for Studio Art and Art Education.
Corwin was voted 2nd best artist of the Flathead Valley!