Guy De La Valdene on spring…

Bursts like this one where Valdene rifts on spring lift Making Game from reportage and into the world of art.

Russell Chatham - Spring Pond
Russell Chatham - Spring Pond

“Spring probes the imagination by tacking from gloom to color, from apathy to the naivete of revery, and by insinuating an inkling of clairty into the dull haze of hibernation. Her promise of life, of revelry, of natural beauty is deliberate, sometimes palpable, other times so faint as to be mistaken for passing fancy. Her curtain may loiter in midstream, only to reopen momentarily on the breast of a goldfinch or descend under the weight of a grey rain, all the time uprooting and tempting, taunting and promising the inevitable, until one morning, for no apparent reason, dawn sighs and a flushed breath of air warms the earth. Spring is the breakfast of the year.” pg. ¬†29-30

Some great sporting art coming up….

Copley Fine Art Auctions in Boston, MA, is having there 2011 winter sale on January 17th. Copley handles some of the finest decoys and sporting art in the country and there are always some great pieces up for sale. I scrolled through the listings for this sale and pulled out a few favorites. I’ll be featuring the painting over the next few weeks.

Lynn Bogue Hunt grouse painting, coming up at Copley Fine Art Auctions
Lynn Bogue Hunt grouse painting, coming up at Copley Fine Art Auctions

This first painting “Grouse” by Lynn Bogue Hunt. The second is Quail, by the same artist. I like Hunts work alot. With ¬†bright colors and bold, dynamic compositions, his stuff is very eye catching and commercial.

Born in 1878, Hunt was one of America’s best-known sporting artists. His work appeared in magazines throughout the country. He also illustrated books and his work appeared on a number of gun catalog covers, including this 1915 Ithaca Catalog and this 1930 Fox Shotgun catalog.

You can read more about Hunt here and here.

Lynn Bogue Hunt Quail painting
Lynn Bogue Hunt Quail painting
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