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Sporting artist Justin Prigmore to unveil new works depicting the Big Five and paint live at the Dallas Safari Club Convention

Award-winning, Scottish-based artist Justin Prigmore will unveil new original works and paint live at the John Rigby & Co. booth #4125 at the 2024 Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Convention. The four new works are all original oil paintings on Belgian linen and have been painted by Justin for Rigby Art. The paintings are depictions of the legendary ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo. Justin will be painting live at the Rigby booth throughout the event, working on the final piece of the collection depicting two buffalo bulls. 

Rigby is proud to share further details of the first four original paintings by Justin that will be on display and available to purchase during the event.

‘The Warrior’ is an impressive 40×40-inch oil original painting on Belgian linen that depicts the sheer power of a male lion in his prime. The whole composition is designed to position the lion as undisputed ruler of his kingdom and emphasise his immense power. The horizon is low and a herd of buffalo lurking in the background are small in comparison, but acutely aware of the lion’s presence. A moody, lively sky enhances the drama of the scene; the warrior is on the move, and everyone knows about it. Retail: $18,500 USD (£15,000 GBP)

‘Silent Intent’ is an evocative 24×36-inch original oil on Belgian linen. Justin has captured the moment a spectacular female leopard locks her gaze onto the prey that might just become her next meal. Recreated in extraordinary detail, the leopard’s presence fills the canvas as she seems ready to spring out of the frame to begin the chase. Retail: $10,500 USD (£8,000 GBP)

‘Moving Through’ is a beautiful 24×36-inch original oil painting on Belgian linen, Justin depicts a family group of elephants as they travel across the watery grasslands of the vast Okavango Delta in Botswana. The artist includes a number of egrets, constant companions to African elephants and a detail that gives the painting a marvellous feeling of movement. Retail: $10,500 USD (£8,000 GBP)

Justin Prigmore Artwork

‘Close Protection’, the fourth completed original work being shown on the Rigby booth, depicts a female black rhino as she defends her calf. A 24×36-inch original oil painting on Belgian linen, this evocative piece puts the viewer front and centre as this magnificent animal kicks up dust and fixes her eyes on the threat as oxpeckers take to the sky in alarm. Retail: $10,500 USD (£8,000 GBP) 

Rigby Art will also be launching limited edition canvas prints of Justin’s work ‘Border Patrol’ at the booth. This is the first time that prints of this spectacular oil painting will be available for viewing and purchase. The painting captures a dominant male lion as he patrols the perimeter of his pride’s territory. A herd of zebra and scattered wildebeest mill in the background, keeping a closer eye on a predator in his prime. A standard edition (limited to 50 prints) is 25×40 inches. £395 unframed or £495 framed. The deluxe edition limited to just 10 prints), is 30×48 inches. £695 unframed or £850 framed. 

Justin Prigmore commented: “I’m really thrilled to be working with such legendary gunmakers as Rigby and excited to be exhibiting back in the US. It feels as though my career is going full circle; my whole artistic journey began as a young guy living and working in the spectacular landscapes of Colorado, and that experience got me into painting wildlife. I’m looking forward to painting live at the booth and chatting to visitors”.  

Marc Newton, managing director of Rigby, added: “If you’re attending this year’s DSC Convention then make sure you visit the Rigby booth to see Justin in action. He’s a truly exceptional artist and we’re proud to have him in the Rigby Art team. With the spirit of Africa running through every brushstroke, I know Justin’s works will resonate so well with the passionate hunters in Dallas.”

The Dallas Safari Club Convention takes place in Dallas, Texas, from Thursday January 11 to Sunday January 14, 2024.

To view images of the completed ‘Big Five’ works being shown at the DSC Convention, visit: tinyurl.com/RigbyArt-TheBigFive 

For more information, visit: www.johnrigbyandco.com 

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