George and Belmore Browne are together a strong and sometimes overlooked example of the integrity, passion, strength and grit of early landscape artists on this continent. Their backdrop -- the rugged, forbidding landscape of the Pacific Northwest -- and their passion for both hunting and documenting the nature around them, make them both an important piece of North American cultural history. And George's story in particular, including his untimely death, is a fascinating, if tragic, story of an enormous talent whose heralding is long overdue. Once described as the greatest wildlife artist most people have never heard of, George Browne may be regarded as one of a few legitimate masters of the wildlife genre. And before him, there was Belmore, his father and mentor as both artist and sportsman. In a brilliantly illustrated book featuring dozens of color plates of both men's paintings, as well as photos of their travels, authors John Ordeman and Michael Schreiber document the lives of these remarkable men of adventure and artistry. Growing up in Washington State but studying in New England and later Paris, Belmore was a traditional realist painter. So, when invited on expeditions in the Yukon and Alaska, Belmore devoted himself to perfecting his painting technique with the rugged, stunning landscape of the north as inspiration. George spent his early years in Banff, Alberta. At 15, he quit school and began a rigorous apprenticeship in painting and drawing under his father. He later studied at the California School of Fine Arts, after his family had moved to the San Francisco Bay area. A born adventurer like his father, when George was drafted to the Army Air Corps during WWII, he wasthe first man to survive a parachute jump over 40,000 feet without freezing to death. His paintings of birds in flight, mountain goats leaping from rock to rock and moose serene in their swamp are just as breathtaking.
Hardcover: 144 pages