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Tree Sparrow and Red Squirrel (SQUIRREL SOLD)

Tree Sparrow and Red Squirrel (SQUIRREL SOLD)

By Grenville Moore


Original artworks


Tree Sparrow (Passer Montanus) - Acrylic on canvas - £475

Image size: H: 30cm x W: 30cm; framed size: H: 45cm x W: 45cm.

Red Squirrel - Acrylic on gesso panel - £325
Image size: H: 30cm x W: 24cm; framed size: H: 32cm x W: 26cm


Two of our British wildlife creatures - both protected species - are given the 'Grenville treatment' and turned into glorious portraits.


The tree sparrow, looking very majestic here, is a scarce bird of farmland, hedgerows and woodland edges, and is not associated with man in the way that the house sparrow is in the UK. They do visit gardens, though as the species is very localised and typically doesn't travel very far, it will only be seen in areas where there is an established population – always a rural area and not urban.


Red squirrels are our native species and have lived in the UK for around 10,000 years. You may never have seen one. There are only about 140,000 red squirrels left in Great Britain compared to at least 2.5 million grey squirrels - and because they are also very shy and timid, if you've seen a red squirrel you're very lucky and should report it.


As ever, the artist has paid loving attention to their features, the fur and the wing markings. The sparrow looks well-fed and wise and the red squirrel has an appealing perky, alert air.


    Grenville is an accomplished and distinctive painter working from his idyllic garden studio in a small village on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border.


    After many years when illustration, design and cartoon strips were his hobby, he became a specialist decorator and muralist and completed assignments and commissions in homes throughout the Cotswolds and London. He also wrote and illustrated articles for two national publications. Among his projects were a large painted vase for the Ralph Lauren store in Barcelona and various items of painted furniture.


    These decorative and interior design skills remain with him - and very much on show - in his paintings of wild animals, many of which are enhanced and embellished with backgrounds of rich tapestry motifs, Arcadian glades and medieval-style foliage. His love of heraldry also shines through in clever motifs and touches of symbolism.


    A trip to Kenya first sparked his enchantment with wild animals and birds and inspired his current, very popular work which specialises in dramatic animals portraits, often large scale and close-up. Detail and accuracy are key. He is passionate about telling the story of each creature, accentuating the unusual and celebrating the wildness, dignity and soul of each animal. The rich narrative of the painting is often further enhanced by its elaborate or traditional framing, matching perfectly with the inventive, decorative backdrops.


    Grenville's work is in private collections in America, Russia and throughout the UK.

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