The Fortress

The Fortress

The Fortress – Muskoxen with artic wolves, (2009)
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 180, Giclee on Canvas
Retail Price at Issue $895
Please inquire about the availability of Artist’s Proofs
Image Size 23″ x35″

The Fortress
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 180, Giclee on Canvas (rolled)
Retail Price at Issue $1,995
Please inquire about the availability of Artist Proof’s
Image Size 39″ x 59″

Interested buyers please contact Tracy Morrison (Conservation Design) at Email: aprintjock@gmail.com; Phone: 1-781-585-9871;
Located in Duxbury MA

The history and evolution of our wonderful planet is something that fascinates me a lot. On a field trip to Africa, I was amazed how many animals are witnesses of the prehistory. Elephant, rhinoceroses, hippos, warthogs and even giraffes are timeless. How grateful I am that they are still here in our modern times. How could they make it while so many others vanished?

Most of my paintings are based on experiences in the wild, or study work in zoos and game farms where I often have access behind the scenes. One field trip brought me to a game farm in Fairbanks, Alaska, where they had a breeding program for muskoxen. If one animal really is a witness of the prehistory, it surely is this horned ox species.

Since my childhood I’ve had a fascination with this impressive animal, but I wasn’t aware how small it is –only two-thirds the size of a bison. The musk ox lives in the same areas where the Arctic wolves live. During millions of years, the muskoxen developed a special technique to defend their species against wolf-like predators. When attacked, the bulls make a circle around the cows and the calves, like an impenetrable fortress. The wolves try to open that circle and make the group run. When they succeed it’s the moment to get a calf or a weak cow, but often they have to give up as the bulls don’t yield.

Wonderful field work with white wolves and with muskoxen made this action painting possible. It became the biggest painting I have ever done.

Carl Brenders