Award winning artist Justin Prigmore has a Master’s Degree in Ecology and until recently, as well as being a painter, worked part-time for the Cairngorms National Park Authority mainly on Capercaillie conservation. Born in 1974 in Wales and now living in Dulnain Bridge, Justin has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember but it was while living in Colorado, in his early twenties, that he discovered his love of Wildlife. The wonderful galleries in the Rockies had a profound effect on him and he has focused his attention on this genre of painting ever since.
Travel has been an essential element of his work. He and his wife, Carina, have travelled throughout North America, including Western Canada and Alaska. They lived for a year in Northern Sweden and went to Africa for the first time in 2006, where they visited Kenya and Tanzania. They have also spent time in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, where they have joined Wolf researchers who were radio tracking wild Wolves in Yellowstone’s northern range.
Justin is exhibiting his work internationally in prestigious juried shows and galleries. In the United States, he has shown at the Bennington Centre for the Arts in Vermont, who have purchased three of his pieces for their permanent collection, and with the Society of Animal Artists, who have elected him a signature member. His painting ‘The Standoff’ has been purchased for the permanent collection of the Wildlife Experience Museum in Denver, Colorado.
Justin has also shown his work at Trailside Galleries, the premier Western and Wildlife gallery in the U.S. He has also been juried into the ‘Wild in de Natuur’ show in Holland and into the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists in the Mall Galleries, London. Justin exhibited many times at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in the Wirral, where he was commended in 2004 and in 2010 he won the ‘Best British Wildlife’ award at the show. Justin has also been the winner of ‘Birdwatch Artist of the Year’ and ‘Wildscape, Artist of the Year, Editor’s Selection’.