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Biography of Renso Tamse Wildlife Artist
A short biography of the wildlife artist Renso Tamse

Renso, who was born and brought up in Rotterdam, was already drawing and painting at the tender age of four. As far back as he can remember, his sole ambition was to be an artist. It was the natural world which most excited his interest. He found that his course at The Academy of Visual Arts, where the teaching was skewed to the abstract and modern, was less than inspiring. What spoke to Renso was realism -hence the impasse. The overriding passion of this urban artist is to capture the mystical resonances of nature in the wild.

In order to understand and experience these wild habitats more profoundly, he is a regular traveller to North America, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Scandinavia and the Pyrenees. The fairytale woods of the Czech Republic likewise count among his favourite destinations; here, the flora and fauna prove to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Renso's creative juices can also be

stimulated by such details as a tuft of moss, a piece of bark, or the whimsical form of a tree.

''In the seemingly commonplace, there often lies an unsuspected and fascinating beauty.'' 

He considers it a challenge 'to make something captivating out of what appears uninteresting at first sight'. In the composition of his paintings, this wildlife artist pays a lot of attention to accurate draughtsmanship in the representation of animals. ''The anatomy just has to be right. Then I think it's at least as important that the painting has life. I try to inject soul into my work.'' That's why, after making a sketch, Renso starts with the head of an animal.

He paints in ordinary watercolour on board. First of all, water or a light colour-wash is applied with a sponge. Once dry, this makes the paint easier to work. This technique leads to truly amazing results. In Renso's work, the hand of the artist is instantly recognisable. His paintings richly reward multiple viewing; the artist certainly does not reveal all his secrets at a stroke. A close study of his paintings yields up some surprising discoveries.

''Like so many other artists, I have yet to paint my best work.'' It is this self-criticism that spurs him on to keep tackling new subjects.  Renso entertains the hope that his work as an artist will get people of all ages thinking and they will come to the realisation that the natural world must be protected.

Geplaatst op 21 februari 2008, laaste bijgewerkt op 08 augustus 2018

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