Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistDavid Ralph Platinum Member CollectionNature
Description In the abstract watercolor painting, 'Overhunting: The American Bison' by artist David Ralph, the devastating plight of the American Bison comes to full view. The American Bison, a large herbivore which roamed the vast grasslands of North American for centuries in huge herds in the tens of millions, nearly went extinct by 1880 by commercial and wasteful overhunting. Thousands of American settlers moving westward on the newly-introduced railroad trains killed these bovines for sport, adventure, and as a tactic to eliminate the Native American tribes in their way. This expansion brought these settlers into direct conflict with the various Native American tribes like the Sioux and Cheyenne that lived in the middle of the continent. Many of these tribes, before the introduction of the gun by the European American settlers, lived in harmony and balance with these animals and their culture was intertwined with the existence of these American buffalo. The slaughter of these immense mammals in a matter of decades is difficult to imagine. The bison in the American mid-west is making a comeback these days and their numbers are growing slowly.
David Ralph, Greenbelt, USA Member Since July 2006 Artist Statement *Originals can be purchased through my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/marcoimage.com).
David Ralph, owner of Marco Image & Concept, is a contemporary artist and illustrator who lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. David was born in 1964 in Red Bank, NJ and has been drawing since he was a toddler. His favorite topics to draw at the time were animals and sport figures. His first attempt at portraiture was as a 7-year old when he did a pencil drawing of baseball star, Roberto Clemente.
Today, David’s style of painting and illustration can best be described as geometric abstraction with influences ranging from the cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso to the primitive, cutout shapes of Henri Matisse. Other notable influences for David were Paul Cezanne’s fragmented landscapes and the geometrically-divided, flat-color canvases of Piet Mondrian.
To David, the simple elegance of the curve, the line, and the circle create the ideal two-dimensional plain of visual interest and appeal. And, to add color intensity, value contrast and balance to this space - along with repetition, texture and pattern - is to create a perfect harmony. It is to this goal that David sets down to sketch his next work of art.
David was once a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and has displayed his work at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD, Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, MD, the New Deal Café in Greenbelt, MD and at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival.
The most common themes of David Ralph’s paintings and illustrations are the female figure, nature, music, people and sports.
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