MANIFEST DESTINY, 96 X 288 inches, oil on wood (2004) by Alexis Rockman

MANIFEST DESTINY, 96 X 288 inches, oil on wood (2004) by Alexis Rockman

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Alexis Rockman's Environmental Future Shock

New York Painter Is A Master Of Portraying Sublime Natural Calamity

Written by Todd Wilkinson (Authors Bio)

Alexis Rockman is one of the most daring nature artists of the 21st century.  He fits into the category of ultimate contemporary wildlife artist and in a way relishes it. The Manhattanite has a sensitivity for natural history—he was a favorite, after all, of the late evolutionary biologist Stephen J. Gould—that is complemented by command of paint, eco-prescience and a sometimes riotous sense of humor.  A fellow American with similar instincts is painter Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen who has an exhibition at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey up through spring 2012. You can read the WAJ profile of Brest van Kempen by clicking here .

Meantime, enjoy this video from the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. which hosted an exhibition of Rockman's work, "A Fable For Tomorrow", that was on display earlier in 2011. Click on the lower right of the video to bring it to full screen.

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