Technically speaking, realism refers to a mid-nineteenth century movement where artists began to select their subjects from everyday life and focus on the natural topics for their art, rather than call upon religious imagery or biblical stories which were previously the norm.
Nowadays, the term realism also applies to any form of painting that portrays life in a naturalistic manner with the subject painted in almost photographic precision. With such a wide sweep of inspiration, it’s easy to understand why so many artists chose the natural world and its inhabitants as their topic of choice.
Here are a few of our current favourite wildlife paintings created in the style of realism this autumn.
A Boreal Owl by Nigel Farnworth
Striking and with plenty of texture provided by the aged oak tree in which our subject makes its home, A Boreal Owl by artist Nigel Farnworth gives us a glimpse into the world of wildlife.
With piercing yellow eyes that seem to follow the viewer around the room, the autumnal tones of this painting are ideal for homes that prefer a more traditional take on wildlife art with woody hues and leafy tones.
New Horizon Lion Portrait by Peter Williams
Capturing the regal majesty of the lone male lion as he surveys the landscape for a new territory, this graphite pencil drawing is so detailed that you could be forgiven for thinking it a photograph.
With movement created by the winds ruffling his mane, the powerful and highly emotive piece uses plenty of shading to create realism and would be a welcome piece in the portfolio of any wildlife enthusiast.
Kingfisher’s Patience by Maggie Frampton
A perfect piece for smaller spaces, Kingfisher’s Patience is the result of hours of trying to capture images of the lively kingfisher as it stalks its riverbank prey.
Waiting over the waters of the Avon, this colourful bird brings bright blues and contrasting greens with signature pops of orange for a realistic and quaint piece ideal for hallways and living spaces.
Holly by Brian Halton
A beautiful pastel study of female horse Holly, artist Brain Halton has combined a brooding backdrop with the resplendent headshot of the mare as sunlight highlights her features.
Filled with intricate detail and expression in the eyes, ears and mane, this piece is worthy of centre stage in any horse-loving home and comes unframed with free delivery to ensure it arrives in perfect condition.