For Immediate Release
Introducing Scarves Drawn From Nature
Exclusively from Joel Oppenheimer Gallery
(Chicago, JANUARY 12th, 2021) – Joel Oppenheimer Gallery is proud to announce Scarves Drawn from Nature, the gallery’s inaugural heirloom-quality silk scarf collection. Ornithological and botanical subjects by renowned natural history artists John James Audubon and Dr. Robert John Thornton are reimagined and expanded upon in meticulously conceived original designs by artist, gallery owner, and author Joel Oppenheimer.
Blue Heron, after John James Audubon
Made in the U.S.A. from the finest quality 100 percent silk twill, these luxurious double-sided scarves are richly colored and carefully finished
with attentive details such as hand-rolled and hand-sewn hems. Each heirloom-quality scarf is 36 inches square. The inaugural collection includes six designs, exclusively from Joel Oppenheimer
“As an artist, dealer, and author, I’ve been immersed in the art of John James Audubon and natural history art for decades. Combining an intimate knowledge of these works and applying key elements to create contemporary designs has completely engaged my creative spirit and drive.”
- Joel Oppenheimer, Designer
Band-tailed Pigeon, After John James Audubon
John James Audubon
Hailed in his lifetime for his incomparable work, The Birds of America, John James Audubon (1785-1851) was a renaissance man who was equal parts intrepid explorer, inquisitive scientist, expert hunter, publisher, and innovative artist. Today, he is revered as a master of nineteenth-century American art and one of the greatest ornithological artists of all time.
Audubon’s watercolor paintings were executed on the American frontier during arduous expeditions. His intention was to depict all the birds of North America in their natural habitats. He worked with London engraver Robert Havell to produce the complete folio from 1827 to 1838. The Birds of America comprises 435 hand-colored engravings. The plates depict each subject in its actual size and are among the largest ever produced.
Carolina Parrot, after John James Audubon
Dr. Robert Thornton
Thornton’s magnum opus, Temple of Flora, is a cultural treasure and one of the greatest botanical folios ever produced. Dr. Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) commissioned eminent British painters and engravers to create his lavish folios.
A quintessential expression of the English Romantic period, Thornton’s vision to illustrate plants in “picturesque” landscapes introduced the idea of exotic backgrounds into the botanical lexicon of natural history art. This artistic innovation set his work apart from other botanical illustrations of the day in which plants were figured without a background for the purpose of plant
identification. The depiction of botanical subjects prominently in the foreground of dramatic landscapes is a unique hallmark of this extraordinary work.
Roses, after Dr. Robert Thornton
Tulips, after Dr. Robert Thornton
Night-blowing Cereus, after Dr. Robert Thornton