Tropical nature and wildlife inspired many artists from those who accompanied early Portuguese explorers of the Pacific to modern artists today. Tropical fish and plants, diversity of tropical wildlife were subjects of tropical and wildlife art created to document scientific information and extended boundaries of the natural history. As mush as art prints and paintings depicting wildlife helped advance science at the time, these prints and pictures are now beautiful examples of tropical wildlife art.
Limited by available techniques, artists and explorers of the great expeditions depicted such exotic objects of tropical wildlife as tiger cats, kangaroo and lyrebird, birds and flying fish from Australian expeditions or tropical shells, sea lions and numerous plants from the Strait of Magellan. Botanists and zoologists of Western world were delighted with art prints and watercolors created from observations of William Ellis from James Cook’s third voyage or lithographs by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, who was one of the painters and illustrators aboard Baudin’s expedition to Australia.
Artists who work in wildlife art today use full diversity of techniques, such as oil painting, watercolor, drawing and various printing techniques.
Here we present a selection of tropical animals and wildlife fine art prints. The art prints are poster size images depicting mostly Australian animals and wildlife from the tropical part of the country.
The art prints in this gallery are absolute replicas of the original art and are printed by industrial printers using modern technology. The fine art reproduction paper used for these prints is strong and heavyweight, which, together with high quality ink, allows for total control over the tonal and textural qualities and of the art print.
The tropical and wildlife art prints in this gallery present works by such modern modern artists as Ngaire Sales, Joanna Hildebrandt and Patric Hockeyand.
Also presented in this wildlife art gallery are Flowers from the Amazon Forest tropical art prints by an English Botanical artist Margaret Mee (1909-88). Over her thirty-five years working in the tropics she accurately and comprehensively painted many species of the Amazon basin. To make her drawings she traveled into the Brazilian jungle in a dugout canoe, to collect specimens and make paintings of the tropical flora. Two of her works are available in this online art gallery.