Robert Bateman

'Peregrine and Wave'

Acrylic on Canvas

30" x 60"


Peregrine Falcon & Ruddy Turnstone

There was a hurricane passing by the Atlantic Coast of America producing enormous and angry-looking, sand-infused, golden waves, which I prefer to the stereotype, pretty blue. I saw the sculptural effect of the power of those waves and I thought of the famous “Wave” by Hokusai, the great Japanese artist of the 19th century. I decided to add a Peregrine Falcon, the most aggressive hunter in the sky, beating along the shore. For reference for this flying hawk, I did a sculpture to make drawings from. The flock of Ruddy Turnstones have taken flight and are exploding off the canvas, echoing the exploding foam of the wave.