"When I first saw Carel's
paintings, I was amazed and surprised. Having become accustomed
to the wonderful works of Ching, Bateman, Kuhn, etc., this unique
style and choice of subject matter were refreshing; this was
stunning art. His work eliminates any consideration of the question:
'Is wildlife art really art?' I became a happy owner of an original
Carel Brest van Kempen, and it will not be the last one. This
man will make history in wildlife art. He is pure, and all of
his heart and soul are in his work. Thank you Carel!"
designer and renderer of any living thing."
Bernardsville, New Jersey
"Since I first saw Carel's
paintings several years ago at a major mixed show, I've been
a fan of his work. He's brought a well-needed fresh eye to the
world of wildlife art, painting creatures never before presented
to the public. He's constantly inovative and surprising. I admire
the way he's stayed with his theme, with a passion, and ignored
the temptation to paint more commercially popular animals and
birds. It's not that he simply paints these obscure creatures,
he presents them in a way that is dramatic and sometimes amusing,
but always with the accuracy of an artist who knows his subject
and spends time in the field. I'm proud to be the owner of one
of Carel's wonderful paintings."
| JOHN SEEREY-LESTER
to his work a naturalist's understanding of animal behavior and
flawless drawing and painting skills. These combine to result
in perhaps the most innovative and imaginative paintings being
produced in the field of animal art."
Palm City, Florida
"I find Carel's paintings
quite beautiful, capturing as they do both a sense of mystery
experienced by the naturalist and a feel of comfort on behalf
of the animals in their environment. They are also executed at
a high level of technical excellence."
| EDWARD O. WILSON
brought a singular vitality to wildlife art. Uncompromisingly
detailed and artfully composed, his work is at once vivid and
startling, depicting seldom-illustrated species engaged in life's
struggles -- alive. To view his work is to be pulled into the
drama and diversity of life."
University of Texas, Tyler
"As a naturalist with an eye
for authenticity, I deeply appreciate the amazing detail and
understanding of wildlife Carel exhibits in his work. I had to
look twice at several of his works to be sure they were not photographs."
|MERLIN D. TUTTLE
Bat Conservation International
to combine meticulous accuracy with a very pleasing aesthetic
which I'd love to experience in the original. These are very
impressive works, worthy of the highest standards of natural
history documentation yet simultaneously informed by a sensuous
artistic sensibility. I really like these paintings!"
American Museum of Natural History
"Carel's paintings have a
distinctive look and feel to them that is not found in most Natural
History Illustration. The plants and animals are readily identifiable,
but the context in which they are presented turns them into true
works of art. They have an ethereal quality to them that borders
on the Gothic. Not only would I like seeing them in my books,
but I would love to have one hanging on the wall of my office,
or living room, for that matter."
|DON E. WILSON