Carl Rungius at the Museum of Wildlife

When I'm in Jackson Hole, Wy, I try to take advantage of the chance to visit the Wildlife Museum to study some of the master works of Carl Rungs. For me, his work has visual impact, and expresses the power of the medium of oil paint. Consider the painting, "Wind River Bugler", oil on canvas, 34 1/2 x 44 1/2. 

Note the simplicity of the light and dark pattern. This principle  adds the visual impact of the piece. This is the first thing I notice at first glance and draws me in for a closer look.

Within the simplicity of pattern and design, lives another world of complexity. There is variety of texture, color, movement of warm to cool, light to dark, etc. Rungius minimizes detail only painting the essence of his subjects and adds just enough touches of detail to make things read correctly. Through the filter of the artist, we see light color and atmosphere, and feel the animal in its natural setting. This work to me, embodies much of what I love about painting.

Mike MalmComment