Karl Mrtens is one of the finest wildlife artists of his generation. Painted exclusively with watercolour, his exquisitely rendered studies of birds, in particular birds of prey, waterfowl and wildfowl, capture something of the vital essence and character of their subjects. Mrtens takes influence from both Eastern and Western philosophies, especially Zen Buddhist meditation and he paints entirely from memory.
He applies the watercolour onto handmade paper positioned on the floor of his studio from above, using Japanese and Chinese paintbrushes. This technique results in a fluid and free style that encapsulates the movement of the birds. Gladwell Pattersons long association with Mrtens began when the gallery first set eyes upon his mesmerizing watercolors of birds of prey. Mrtens first solo exhibition in London was held in 2009 at our former Mayfair gallery W. H. Patterson and his work continues to delight and inspire our international clientele.