"Kestrel and Grasshopper"
"Kestrel and Grasshopper" by Robert Bateman
Limited Edition on Paper
Edition Size: 950 artist signed and numbered prints
Image Size: 17" x 20"
Issue Price: Canadian $395.00; approx. US $315.00
"One of the most dynamic
little predators of North America is the American kestrel. Its dapper plumage makes it even more special.
As it is a falcon, the kestrel is trim and streamlined and hunts
prey on the wing. Even sitting still, it looks swift and agile.
The vivid harlequin pattern of its face, with the characteristic
lustrous eye and teardrop markings of the falcon, almost makes the kestrel
look adorable. As prey well
knows, however, it is an efficient and ruthless hunter. Late summer
is grasshopper season, and the fields are a happy hunting ground. In this painting, I have shown a tousled, almost opulent
meadow with several species of grass.
The wind has imposed a rhythmic pattern to it, and it seems, like
the kestrel, to be in motion while in repose. I have designed the painting to have the kestrel streaking in from
the top left in hot pursuit of the grasshopper. The swishy wave action of the grasses carries the motion across the
picture, with the dark green in the lower right creating the diagonal
tension." - Robert Bateman