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Paul Rose was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1931, and lived for many years in Kloof, KwaZulu Natal, where his studio overlooked a nature reserve. Of British descent, he is related to both the late Dame Laura Knight and the actor James Mason. Initially employed in commercial fields, Paul left the temperamental demands of advertising to pursue a closer relationship with the natural wonders of African bush. After years of disciplined dedication to his art, he has managed to work his way to the very pinnacle of contemporary wildlife realism. Self-taught, his natural ability has been influenced by years of study in Britain and on the continent, and his work reveals a sensitivity and subtlety not usually associated with African art. Recognised by his contemporaries and clients, particularly in America, as a master of the treatment of light, Paul manages to convey an atmosphere and intensity of the bush that constantly eludes the most persistent of photographers. Some might consider wildlife realism a field over-recorded by photography, but, as an article on Paul Rose notes, "missing from film is the stillness of the bush, the silence that is almost palpable, the drowsy midday somnolence of animals in the wild....and the vague but ever-present sense of menace in the air" (South African Panorama). Parallels have even been drawn between his work and that of some of the Old Masters and Impressionists. After all, one knows one is dealing with rare ability when one can smell the dust in the air, feel the heat beating down, as a buffalo rests in the shade of a lone acacia. Dr John Hanks, Chief Executive of the South African Foundation, says of the artist's work: "The atmospheric richness and almost lifelike realism of the works of Paul Rose reveal his intimate knowledge and innate love of the African bush and the wildlife of Southern Africa"; while Dr Ian Player, one of the world's leading conservationists, considers Paul "a prophet of his own country". Paul has earned praise from far and wide, especially in the overseas market. He has exhibited successfully at the Gamecoin Wild Life Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, at the Mzuri International Wild Life Exhibition in Reno, Nevada, and at the World Wilderness Congress. His work can be found in the galleries of discerning collectors, private and corporate, in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Japan and Taiwan, while closer to home, principal investors are banking houses, insurance companies and leading business corporations. One of the artist's paintings was selected for presentation to former Vice President Al Gore during his visit to South Africa. Paul Rose has been recognised as an internationally renowned wild life artist for more than 30 years. His BACKGROUND is South African, where he developed his love for the African bush. This great passion, together with his technical ability to capture the atmosphere so elusive to many painters, has led to him being referred to as a MASTER OF LIGHT. His work is sought after at EXHIBITIONS across the globe, from the United States to Japan, not least for the PHILOSOPHY that underlies his every brush stroke. And for those in the know, it is the MYSTERY OF THE TORTOISE that exemplifies his joy for life and eye for detail. SOURCE; Artist's Website

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