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The Contemporary Art of Nature: Mammals

E. Ashley Rooney Foreword by Donna Dodson. Introduction by Carel P. Brest van Kempen.

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In the history of art, animals were the very first subject, as evidenced by the nearly 20,000 year old cave paintings at Lascaux. The human impulse to depict and capture the essence of animals underscores the importance of animals to human lives. For some artists, the evolutionary link between humans and other mammals is most compelling, and their choice of mammals as subject speaks to each artist's personal concerns. From traditional works to the fantastical, from sporting art to kitsch, the nearly 100 U.S. and international artists included hope to combine their own magic with the natural spirit of animals in their work. Over 500 of their pieces are represented here in stunning, full-color photographs. This elegant collection honors the artistic connection and age-old totemic relationship between animal and human. Herein lies the conversation between the spirit of the animal and the mind of the maker.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 549 color photos | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347863

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Ashley Rooney has written many art books, including 100 New England Artists (2010), 100 Mid-Atlantic Artists (2011), 100 Midwestern Artists (2012), 100 Southern Artists (2012), 100 Northwestern Artists (2013), 100 Southwestern Artists (2014), Bespoke Furniture from 103 Artisans (2012), Green Art: Trees, Leaves, and Roots (2014), and Artists’ Studios (2014).She has also established a solid reputation for her architectural design and historical books.