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NOTES: Yellowstone National Park’s Druid Peak pack is perhaps the most well known, observed and documented wolf pack in the world and the subject of Craig Kosak’s Druid Alphas with Raven. A blend of mythology, legend and personal insight, the contemporary wildlife art of Craig Kosak presents a world in balance inspired by both the natural world and the human condition.
Wolves and ravens are two of the four animals that dominate Kosak’s work (horses and bison are the other two). Each represents a particular connection he has made with it on his travels. “Ravens guide me to accept my most secret self, my uniqueness, to celebrate who I am, while wolves speak to me of wit and intelligence,” says Kosak.
PBS’ Nature showed the world just how complex and intelligent wolves can be with In the Valley of the Wolves: The Druid Wolf Pack Story. It is one of the best episodes of the series. The pack’s last-two Alpha’s are featured in this painting. To learn view the episode and learn more go to: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/in-the-valley-of-the-wolves/the-druid-wolf-pack-story/209/
Druid Alphas also pays homage to the equally magical and Darwinistic relationship between the raven and the wolf. It is a kinship that emanates from the primeval fact that a raven’s beak is not sharp enough to puncture the hide of a carcass. Through the millennia a far more complex rapport between the two has developed; a social relationship, hunting partners and playful friends, that exceeds most known in the animal kingdom. “I want to show the bond we have with other living creatures that share our planet.”
An important element to look for in Druid Alphas is the edge ribbon. The edge ribbon is a strip of paint that will contain all the colors that Kosak used while creating the painting, a new band added each time a new color is used. The edge ribbon is a record of the painting coming into being. Craig Kosak’s flawless fusion of abstract and realistic painting combined with his meld of mythology, legend and modern spirituality results in some of the most beautiful and inspiring artwork you can own today.
Druid Alphas with Raven Canvas by Craig Kosak is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
image Copyright © 2023 by Craig Kosak
"Inspired by the wildlife and landscapes I encounter while travelling I return to my studio with insights about the natural world and about the human condition," says artist Craig Kosak. "Rather than faithfully documenting the flora and fauna, I strive to capture the feeling and emotions these trips provide. Each trip consists of both a journey through the outer world, and an inner journey of self discovery. These paintings are about both worlds and how they relate. "Richly textured and developed using many layers of alternately opaque and translucent paint, strong graphic composition and bold colors combine to set the stage for realistically rendered animals, objects and landscapes. The subjects are integrated with abstract elements and expressive brushwork representative of the inner emotive world. I continue working until balance between both worlds is achieved and the painting comes alive. "Stylistically, my work is grounded in realism, inspired primarily by the iconic images of painter N.C. Wyeth. I am, of course, painting about today s world and the modern paint handling of contemporary artists John Nieto and Nathan Oliveira have had significant influence in this regard."