Often referred to as the most influential Swedish wildlife artist, Lars Jonsson’s work is spectacular and realistic. His art captures the true spirit of observation, capturing “real” moments in the lives of his subjects.
“Painting and drawing from life is part of my philosophy, in fact it is my philosophy.” – Lars Jonsson
In 1988 Lars became the youngest artist to win “The Master Wildlife Artist Award”, something usually reserved for older “more experienced” artists. Even a quick look into Lars Jonsson’s Birds: Paintings from a Near Horizon and it is understandable how he earned this great honor.
While this 192 page book could be relegated to coffee table status, it is much more worthy of extensive study for anyone with an artistic desire. There are 150 full-color paintings including some of Jonsson’s earliest works and sketches. Accompanying the jaw-dropping artwork is Jonsson’s own thoughts on his work which also includes information on his methodology.
Lars’ power of observation is explicitly displayed in his works and serves as visual cues to how every birder, whether or not they are artistic, should engage in this hobby/sport.
Lars Jonsson’s Birds: Paintings from a Near Horizon
Princeton University Press
Cloth – $55.00