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2017 Featured Artist and Painting Unveiled

SEWE is proud to announce its Featured Artist and Featured Painting for the 2017 event, marking 35 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life.

Ezra Tucker has been named Featured Artist. His painting, Maternal Manner, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2017 poster.

Ezra Tucker, a resident of Colorado, began his award-winning career more than four decades ago in the field of illustration producing many familiar advertisements and enduring images. Noted works include his paintings of ʻSmokey the Bearʼ for the National Park Service and the Budweiser Clydesdales among others. Tucker has spent many years pursuing his intense interest in nature, zoology and wildlife art. Ezra’s bold and distinctive style of painting reflects acute observation and knowledge of his subject and displays an intimate and emotional portrait quality and adept storytelling. Choosing to paint almost exclusively wildlife, he paints his animals as having apparent intelligence and individual distinctive personalities.

“To be chosen as the featured artist for the 35th annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is an unexpected honor,” remarks Tucker. “It means to me that I have achieved a quality to my art that is worthy of highlight and inclusion in the legacy of SEWE and the exceptional world of Wildlife Art.”

The 2017 Featured Painting, Maternal Manner, portrays an elk cow and calf. “It was inspired by my observation of the beauty and warmth of the nurturing and protective relationship of mother to offspring,” says Tucker. “I wanted to capture the subtle interaction and physical contact of the mother elk with its offspring teaching the calf survival skills. My objective was to depict up-close, their reaction to the moment they become aware of a non-threatening admiring audience.”

“The featured painting for 2017 is a beautiful piece which sets an exciting tone for the complete body of work yet to come,” adds SEWE Executive Director John Powell. “The generational aspect of the painting is especially fitting in this 35th year of SEWE. Several generations of collectors and wildlife art enthusiasts will be on hand in February to celebrate Ezra and another extraordinary group of artists.”

With an ongoing focus to bring renowned wildlife and sporting art to Charleston, SEWE welcomes Guest Artists Richard Loffler and Van Marshall. Loffler is a sculptor from Saskatchewan and Van Marshall a carver from Summerville, SC.

The original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Preview Gala and Sale, February 16, 2017. The Official 2017 Poster is available for purchase here. See more of Ezra’s work here.


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