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Gone Fishing

by Cliff Wright



What can happen when bears go fishing, especially if it's warm and sunny… The fish were unharmed.

A Native American legend tells of the Raven returning to the earth after the last ice-age. To remind himself of when the world was covered with ice he visited a remote island in Western Canada and turned one in ten of the black bears there white. The ratio is still the same today. ‘Gone Fishing’ was born from a visit to the island several years ago…

These are the last three prints from the original print run commissioned by the Art Group for Ikea.

Fine Quality Lithograph.

High quality Lithographic print from the original watercolour.


Lithograph, Paper

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Also by Cliff Wright

Cliff Wright

Illustrator and Sculptor

The first hint of a creative future appeared when Cliff's mum received a phone call from his teacher - 'I think your son will be an artist...' She went on to explain that the class had been asked to draw a fox - Cliff's drawing was described as the only one that didn't look like a box! He was 5. Schooldays were tolerated through gazing out of windows longingly, with the desire to run back home to explore the safety of the natural world of his home on the Sussex coast.

At long last, the years produced a degree in Illustration and a love of matching images with words. Thus Cliff began to explore the more scary concrete world of London in search of possible commissions. There followed a few years' period of straight rejections and, 'it's lovely work but not quite right for us..' until one golden day when his idea for a children's book was accepted. The subsequent publication 'When the World Sleeps' was rewarded with runner-up for The Mother Goose Award and Cliff's commercial career began in earnest. Ideas flowed, commissions came in and it was increasingly difficult to keep the desk tidy.

Along with children's books, artwork was created for editorial, magazines, posters, greetings cards and advertising. Another fine day dawned with a phone call from a publisher describing the need for cover illustrations to a seven book series. The books, they said, were about a character called Harry Potter. Cliff''s artwork for books two and three of the original series have become that for which he is best known and have made his illustration work highly sought after by collectors and the like.

To gaze at the myriad forms, colours, textures, contrasts, movements and patterns of the natural world with a still mind is where we enter the realm of the deepest connections with our authentic selves. The images hope to reveal this inner often-hidden connection.

Every creature is as unique a personality as every human is to each other; and all our emotions, thoughts and feelings are contained therein. In nature nothing is trying to be other than itself. Meditations, visits to wild places, adventures with wild animals all play a part. So the painting or the sculpture is looking for the subtle truth in the present moment, the quiet voice, and aims to find the sometimes mysterious and always joyful connections that link us all...

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