• Depictions of creatures, often in their natural setting
Wildlife art focuses on animals, birds, insects, and/or fish/sea creatures. The creature’s habitat might be depicted, or the anatomy of the creature might be emphasized in isolation.
Before photography, wildlife art was the means by which naturalists documented the appearances of each species. Wildlife art might focus on an individual creature; it can show the social dynamics found within a species, or it can show the ways a species preys upon another species.
An artist might choose to do wildlife art in order to express appreciation for the wonders of nature, because of a particular fondness for a species, in order to create an allegory for human behavior, or an artist might choose this genre as a vehicle for aesthetic expression, emphasizing abstraction, mark making, distortions, and/or palette exploration.
Featured above: The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope
by Henri Rousseau.