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Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Brenders, Carl
Specialties: Paintings, Prints
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In his foreword to the book Pride of Place: The Art of Carl
(2007), Robert Bateman declared, "It has been said that art
begins where nature ends. In the case of the work of Carl Brenders, art
and nature blend in a seamless continuum." Brenders is an internationally
acclaimed wildlife artist whose photorealistic paintings include animals
from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Especially known for his
exquisite detail and the equal attention given to the animal, the habitat,
and the lighting, he usually uses a watercolor-gouache mixture, but in
recent years has ventured into acrylics. And, according to his agent,
Christiane Katcham, he is currently working on pencil drawings that focus
on "out of the ordinary" subjects such as "musk oxen [being] attacked by

Born in 1937 near Antwerp, Belgium, Brenders still spends part of every
year there with his wife Paula. He received instruction at the Fine Art
Academy in Antwerp and later in Berchem, then began his career as an
illustrator of children's books on natural history. Eventually, he
ventured into wildlife painting where he found success and was soon
featured in a number of anthologies, including More Wildlife Painting:
Techniques of Modern Masters
(1996) and The Best of Wildlife
(1997). In 1998, he was inducted into the U.S. Art Hall of Fame,
and in 2002, named Master Wildlife Artist by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art
Museum. His work is widely collected; the R.W. Norton Art Gallery has
Brender's Bunnies and Berries (1989) in its permanent collection.

Like many wildlife artists, Brenders is also a dedicated conservationist
who uses his art to raise environmental issues. "Nature is everywhere . .
. Whether I am in America or Asia or Africa, it's this wonderful planet I
want to protect," Brenders explains. As he goes on to say, "In my scenes
of nature, I like to share the experience of being within the intimate
world of the animals - a little moment in paradise together with them." In
this fashion, he uses his paintings to help the viewer see the unique
beauty of nature and the wildlife within it, creating awareness that
protecting them is essential to our mutual future.

Museum Staff