The Artist

The Artist

“Wildlife is such an exciting subject matter to focus on. There’s so much drama being played out that it presents endless opportunities. I’m always looking to capture a special moment in my paintings – that’s what it’s all about for me”.
– Justin Prigmore

Justin

Award winning artist Justin Prigmore has a Masters Degree in Ecology and as well as being a painter, works for the Cairngorms National Park Authority as one of the Cairngorms Nature Officers. Lately, much of this work has been focused on capercaillie conservation. Born in 1974 in Wales, Justin currently lives in Carrbridge with his wife Carina and two young daughters Hannah and Ella. Justin has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember, but it was while living in Colorado in his early twenties, that he re-discovered his love of wildlife. The wonderful galleries in the Rockies had a profound effect on him and he has focused his attention on this genre of painting ever since.

Travel has been an essential element of his work. He and Carina have travelled throughout North America, including Western Canada and Alaska. They lived for a year in Northern Sweden. In 2006 they visited Africa for the first time, taking them to see the phenomenal wildlife spectacles of Kenya and Tanzania. They have also spent time in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, where they have joined wolf researcher’s radio-tracking wild wolves in Yellowstone’s northern range. Justin is exhibiting his work internationally in prestigious juried shows and galleries. In the United States, he has shown at the Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont, who have purchased three of his pieces for their permanent collection and with the Society of Animal Artists, who have elected him as a signature member. His painting “The Standoff” has been purchased for the permanent collection of the Wildlife Experience Museum in Denver, Colorado.

Justin has also shown his work at Trailside Galleries, the premier Western and Wildlife gallery in the US. He has also been juried into the “Wild in de Natuur” show in Holland. Justin exhibits annually at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in the Wirral, where he was commended in 2004 and in 2010 he won the “Best British Wildlife” award at the show. He has also been the winner of “Birdwatch Artist of the Year” and “Wildscape, Artist of the Year, Editor’s Selection”. The majority of Justin’s recent work has been focused on the wonderful wildlife that he encounters at home in the Cairngorms. As deer have made up a large part of this work, he has recently taken up stalking as a way of getting closer to his subjects in their natural setting. Black grouse and capercaillie in particular have also figured strongly and countless hours have been spent in a hide studying their lekking behaviour.

“It’s really important that my work is ecologically correct, but more and more I need for the painting to feel artistically fresh.

I’m drawn to the work of painters that can get it down without painting every detail, regardless of subject matter. Each new painting is a chance for me to push in that direction”.
– Justin Prigmore