Africa: An Artist's Journal Paperback – Aug 29 2003
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"- 'This is a stunningly beautiful account of a little-understood world' Books For Everybody 2002 - 'It is a treat to join such a sensitive and sympathetic companion on this journey which takes in Africa's history, culture and wildlife' Artist and Illustrator Magazine
About the Author
Kim Donaldson experimented with painting, drawing and sculpting from an early age, finally becoming a full-time artist in 1978. Since this time, Kim has made enormous progress in his work and is today regarded as one of the world's leading wildlife artists. Over the last 20 years, he has had 24 one-man exhibitions and has also participated in 28 group exhibitions in Britain, America and Southern Africa. His work has been published in four books of wildlife art, as well as numerous limited edition prints.
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There are artists that are gifted technicians and there are artists that are just natural artists. Kim Donaldson is both. And in this book his work is displayed in page after page of gorgeous imagery.
A gifted eye for colour and light to add icing to the cake, and I recommend this book to anyone with any interest in realist art, animals, africa or even just travel journaling.
A real find and so far the best in this genre that I've seen on the market.
Through his journal excerpts and comfortable narrative I read tales about lions, buffalo, roan, antelope, gemsbuck, cheetah, otter (I know, I was surprised too), springbuck, vultures, meercat, brown hyaena, oryx, giraffe, ostrich, zebra, wild dog, and elephants. Some were tranquil, others not.
He introduced me to the balance of nature, of life both interrupted and not interrupted by man. I cringed over the eminent danger in Chobe National Park when he and his crew inadvertently turned on a wrong road and he ended up at a military base with a gun to his head. I was in awe of his tale of being awoken "by the rasping of a lions breathing just outside".
Donaldson's ability to catch light and shadow are simply amazing. I fell in love with many images but in particular the lone zebra basking in late afternoon sun on page 29. A group of impala sharing the shade of a sparse tree on page 41. A cheetah on a slow prowl looks as if you could reach out and scratch the fur under his chin on page 43. On page 62, two old buffalo bulls, their textured bodies, amazing! He even makes warthogs seem beautiful.
Along the way he talks of many people (usually friends) that he respects and who have had an impact on the flora and fauna of Africa. Very little is said about the tribes until he gets to Kenya when they are mentioned almost in passing.
Africa is majestic and the experiences surreal. Surreal, like being stroked and sniffed by an elephant trunk in the dead of night. Kim Donaldson definitely brings the experience home both with commentary and the images. He wraps the book up by sharing his views on conservation, trophy hunting, poaching and land development giving me a different point-of-view to consider.
Despite this book's cumbersome size for reading I highly recommend it. Reviewed by M. E. Wood.