R. J. KERN

DIVINE ANIMALS: THE BOVIDAE

2012 – 2016

Since 2012, R. J. Kern has traveled to Ireland, Germany, Norway and Iceland, in order to explore his ancestral pastoral roots. He discovered the central role of goats, sheep and rams in the lives of his farming ancestors, and the land upon which they toiled.  

"My attraction to these animals springs from an affinity for their calm presences and their innate functional beauty. They have been shaped by the landscapes they inhabit and the lives they lead ...".—R. J. Kern.

Light and composition is crucial to Kern's vision, which is inspired by landscape painters Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Sidney Cooper, William Holman Hunt, and John Everett Millais, as well as the photographers of the Pictorialist movement (1885–1915).

As a fine art environmental photographer, Kern is interested in presenting the human affect on the landscape and an inquisitive exploration of humanity through man's relationship with domestic animals. 

IMAGE SIZE AND EDITION:

36" x 49" image | 39x 52" sheet |  EDITION: 3+1AP

23.5x 30" image | 24.5x 32" sheet | EDITION: 7+1AP

17x 20" image | 20x 24" sheet | EDITION: 10+2AP

Archival Pigment Print