Original wildlife paintings and illustrations of Arthur Singer
An exhibition featuring the original illustrations and paintings of famed wildlife artist Arthur Singer (1917-90) is slated to open Aug. 7 in University Gallery.
The extensive show — named “Arthur Singer: The Wildlife Art of an American Master” — will be curated by Alan Singer, a School of Art professor and son of Arthur, and remain on view until Oct. 28. An opening reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the gallery.
As a wildlife painter and illustrator specializing in birds, Arthur’s work appeared in numerous publications, including over 20 books, and commemorative U.S. postage stamps that were wildly popular in the 1980s.
The latter is perhaps his most recognized art as it was affixed to stamps across the country. With the help of Alan, Arthur painted the state birds and flowers of all 50 states for a U.S. postage stamp series that was released in 1982. It was one of the largest-selling special stamp issues in U.S. Postal Service history.
Guest speakers are scheduled to participate in the exhibition. The list includes:
• John Fitzpatrick, director of the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University, at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14.
• Author David Wagner, who will speak about the history of wildlife art in America, at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 21.
• Rick Beyer, author of the book and documentary The Ghost Army, who will speak and present his film at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.
Alan and his brother Paul have also co-authored an an illustrated biography that offers a profound review of the life and work of their father. The book, which was published by RIT Press and possesses the namesake of the exhibit, tells the detailed story of Arthur’s entire career in compelling words and 237 of his illustrations and images. It will be on sale at the show's opening and can be pre-ordered here.