"Roger-African Rhino" Limited Edition Print of 95 by James Corwin - Donation to Rhino Orphanage
Although the original painting of "Roger" has been sold for $5,500 USD, here is your opportunity to own a Limited Edition print at a fraction of the original price, yet it still increases in value every year!
In memory of Roger, The Phoenix Collection will donate $25.00 from the proceeds of every sale of "Roger-African Rhino" to The Rhino Orphanage.
"Roger-African Rhino" by wildlife artist James Corwin beautifully captures the essence of the majestic Roger, a rhino James met while on safari in Africa. James says about his painting, "This is one of the most important paintings of my career to date, and the first that has moved me to tears and chills. It is a painting of a rhino named Roger whom I had met while on safari in South Africa.
While at the game reserve, Jembisa - An African Bush Home, we learned about the startling horrors of rhino poaching. A huge lucrative market exists for the horns of rhinos which are used as an aphrodisiac. The rhino is killed and the horn removed. Precautions are taken to prevent poaching such as poisoning or sawing off the horn (which is like a toenail) and I believe Roger's horn was poisoned. He also had 24 hour security that watched him within the bush.
A few months after our visit, Roger was killed and his wife Rosie was put into critical condition (I believe she was pregnant at the time... I haven't heard whether the baby was born or not). This painting has been on the back burner waiting for a time when I felt confident in creating the desired detail, particularly in the cracked skin, to bring honor and life back to Roger. I see the world in complex detail and I find immense joy in painting every nuance of color and shape. Not only is this the most labored over piece to date, but it is also a signal steering me in the direction I want to take my art.. painting wildlife to lead conservation efforts and bring awareness to threatened species. This painting brought me to tears and chills because I feel the spirit of Roger looking out from the painting. Do you?"
We do indeed feel Roger's spirit in this marvelous painting, and his haunting image brings tears to our eyes as well. Tears for his lost life and for all of his kind and other wildlife who are at risk in Africa and elsewhere.
Rhinos once roamed many places throughout Eurasia and Africa and were known to early Europeans who depicted them in cave paintings. Long ago they were widespread across Africa's savannas and Asia's tropical forests. But today very few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves. In Africa, Southern white rhinos, once thought to be extinct, now thrive in protected sanctuaries and are classified as Near Threatened. But the Northern white rhino subspecies is believed to be extinct in the wild and only a few captive individuals remain in a sanctuary in Kenya. Black rhinos have doubled in number over the past two decades from their low point of 2,480 individuals, but total numbers are still a fraction of the estimated 100,000 that existed in the early part of the 20th century. (courtesy WWF)
This beautiful Limited Edition print is in a series of only 95. James Corwin's art is highly collectible and a great investment— his masterful depictions of iconic wildlife will fill your home with their lifelike beauty, energy and warmth.
Each Limited Edition print is hand signed and numbered by the artist. Presented in a very fine giclee printing process to achieve high detail and the original appeal of oil paint, this gallery-wrapped print is ready to hang right from the packaging! Custom framing in an elegant floater frame is available with quote upon request.
You may also choose to have your print embellished by the artist. James Corwin will add additional oil paint and texture to the surface of the print for a one-of-a-kind, handpainted original print. Select "Paint Embellished Print" for this fabulous option.
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!