Dark, deadly and dangerous, The Dark Knights by the wildlife artist Robert Oxley includes three ferocious new limited-edition prints.
The painter, whose art recently appeared on an episode of Channel 4’s Grand Designs, took inspiration from natural history and medieval legend for this trio of hand-varnished artworks. Featuring a tiger, lion and jaguar, the collection sees Robert return to his neon colour palette and adopt an exciting new perspective. Instead of focusing on the face, Robert has painted the animals’ full body, and the effect is startling: the predators step out of the darkness and seemingly off the canvas.
To mirror the 2D effect of Robert’s original artworks, our specialist atelier team carefully reimagined the painting using state-of-the-art techniques. The canvas is 100% cotton, creating a premium, high-definition effect, while the high-gloss acrylic giclée varnish offers a great depth of colour and extra UV protection. Combined with the sleek frames, this creates a modern collection that can elevate any home décor.
Rufiji – hand-varnished boxed canvas, limited edition £795
Named after a Tanzanian river, this stirring hand-varnished boxed canvas by Robert Oxley boasts psychedelic colours that form sharp points around the lion’s mane and slowly drip down the canvas.
Emerging from a dark black background, the contrasting colours of bright blue and fiery red indicate the passion Robert has for protecting endangered big cats, working with organisations like The Big Cat Sanctuary. Robert says: “I like using river names for my cats because rivers are the lifeblood of the earth, carrying water and food. Often found near rivers, big cats are at the top of the food chain and are crucial for the regulation of animal populations and the preservation of plant life and the ecosystem.”
The canvas is made from 100% cotton and creates a premium high-definition effect whilst the high-gloss acrylic giclée varnish offers a great depth of colour and extra UV protection.
Calathea – hand-varnished boxed canvas, limited edition £795
Like many of us, wildlife artist Robert Oxley acquired numerous houseplants during lockdown, in an attempt to bring the outdoors inside. One plant in particular stuck out to him which was the Calathea ‘prayer’ plant. He described it as symbolising “prayer in the night, hope and rebirth” which he also wanted to evoke in this stirring portrayal of a tiger.
Stalking its prey with ears and eyes alert, the effervescent colours of this formidable animal slowly drip down the canvas like the careful tread of its paws. The contrasting colours of bright blue and fiery red emerge from a dark background which will add a ferocious pop of colour to any home.
Jatupo – hand-varnished boxed canvas, limited edition £795
Inspired by a river in the Amazon Rainforest, this hypnotising hand-varnished boxed canvas by Robert Oxley boasts psychedelic colours that slowly drip down the canvas like the careful tread of a jaguar stalking its prey.
Robert says: “A magnificent and mysterious cat – feared and revered by all who see it – the jaguar is part of our psyche and has been used as a totem (spirit) animal for millennia.”
Emerging from a dark black background, the contrasting colours of bright blue and fiery red pop and symbolise the ferocious jaguar who, according to Robert, “prowls the jungle under the cover of darkness”.
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