Cincinnati-area artist John Ruthven has been called the modern-day Audubon, for his precise renderings of birds, which are among the limited-edition lithographs available framed and unframed at Fabulous Frames & Art. Let’s take a look at Ruthven’s depictions of the egret, pheasant, mourning dove, eagle, woodpecker, and other birds.
John Ruthven uses the same techniques as his famous predecessor, John James Audubon. After studying and researching his subject thoroughly, he sketches to rigid specifications then renders the original painting with great detail. Even as a boy, growing up the Cincinnati neighborhood of Walnut Hills, Ruthven’s dream was to become influential in preserving wildlife through art. “I continually took my sketch pad with me wherever I went,” Ruthven recalled. He went on to paint a brilliant career that has earned recognition from the highest.
His paintings have been included in acclaimed exhibitions such as The Artist of America exhibition in Denver, Colorado and the Society of Animal Artists, a traveling museum exhibition included at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey. Museums featuring his work include the Smithsonian Institution`s Preservation and Research Center; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, New York; and the Cincinnati Museum Center where a major retrospective exhibit of his work, John A. Ruthven – In the Audubon Tradition, was mounted.
Fabulous Frames & Art is a family-owned custom frame shop and print gallery with five locations in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. We are the world’s largest dealer in the work of Charley Harper, and also carry the work of his wife Edie Harper, their son Brett Harper, and other artists including John Ruthven, G. Harvey, John Stobart, Mort Kunstler, Michael Blaser, and Charles Frace, among many others.