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Lot 251
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
All He Surveys (2002)
acrylic on board
24 x 36 in
$65,000

Born in Buffalo, New York, Bob Kuhn received his artistic training at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he studied design, anatomy, and life-drawing. For the next thirty years, Kuhn made his living as one of the most popular wildlife illustrators in America, before turning to easel painting full time in 1970. Kuhn traveled around the world to obtain inspiration, with many of his wildlife expeditions lasting up to eight weeks. He made countless trips to Africa, six trips to Alaska, and numerous journeys into Canada and the American West. Originally inspired by African wildlife, Kuhn turned to the mammals of North America in later years. Kuhn worked primarily in acrylic and strove to capture the particular movements and personalities of the wild animals he painted. A member of the Society
of Animal Artists in New York, Kuhn had paintings in many prestigious permanent collections including, The John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art at the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, NY, The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY, and The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK. In discussing his affinity for certain subjects, Kuhn expressed particular fondness for the grizzly, saying, “The grizzly is a true glamour animal, not only for his air of bouncy self-sufficiency, but because of the folklore that has evolved about him. The Indians, who have shared his home for thousands of years, regard his with a mixture awe and fear.” Kuhn undoubtedly conveyed that sense of glamour in All He Surveys. Poised at the edge of his wilderness kingdom, the grizzly gazes out—at once relaxed yet still lethal.