Robert Oxley has been a natural history painter for over 20 years.
Oxley has reinvented the natural history genre, animal paintings have traditionally been very technical and precise, Oxley uses paint to symbolise movement, scale and power and vitality.
I first saw one of Oxley's paintings in Castle Art in Windsor, they are an assault on the senses. The sheer scale of the pieces mean the heads are almost life-size. I adore the vibrant colours and the freedom the paint is given to move and drip. These drips almost create a suggestion of a body for the portraits.
So many of the subjects in these paintings are endangered but these paintings give a life and freedom to the subjects. They are like a safari, the pictures have a life to them which is infectious.