Born in 1952 in Denmark, Paul Augustinus grew up in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. After qualifying as a Geologist he worked in this industry for a year before taking up painting full time. A self taught artist, Augustinus draws his inspiration from the romance of the wild game country that he has made his home over the years.
Augustinus has spent the majority of his career in the wilderness in some of Africa's last remaining bastions of wildlife, spending ten years in Northern Botswana game reserves, three years in the Kaokoverldg in Namibia and eight months in the rainforests of Equatorial Africa. He has also travelled extensively in North America, Asia and Europe in the pursuit of material for his wildlife paintings. He currently lives in East Africa with his wife.
As well as participating in group shows at the Tryon Galleries in 2001, 2003 and 2007, he has also had outstanding solo exhibitions at the gallery in 2006, 2008 and 2012.
Paul Augustinus (b. 1952)
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, John Wilson Carmichael was apprenticed to a ship builder before becoming a marine artist. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, and was then asked by the illustrated London news to cover the Crimean War in the Baltic from 1855. John Wilson Carmichael subsequently became one of the best of the Victorian maritime artists, along with E.W.Cooke and Clarkson Stanfield.
John Wilson Carmichael (1800-1868)
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Ray Harris Ching has been called an 'artist's artist' and among bird painters is a draughtsman without peer. A renegade artist in the wildlife genre, he paints obsessively to push the boundaries of bird painting from its more familiar tradition, to break entirely new ground.
Ching's vision and his distinctive approach to painting animalsis well documented in several books which include: 'The Bird Paintings', 1978, 'Studies & Sketches of a Bird Painter', 1981,'The Art of Raymond Ching', 1981, 'New Zealand Birds: An Artist's Field-studies', 1986, 'Wild Portraits', 1988, 'Ray HarrisChing, Journey of an artist', 1990, 'Kiwis', 1990, 'Voice from the Wilderness', 1994.
Ching's work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Tryon in 1986, 1988,1993, 1998, and 2007.