JOHN A. RUHVEN, naturalist, author, lecturer, and internationally acknowledged master of wildlife art is often called the "20th Century Audubon." Ruthven uses the same techniques as his famous predecessor. After studying and researching his subject thoroughly, he sketches to rigid specifications then renders the original painting with great detail.
His fascination with nature began as a young boy in Cincinnati. After serving in World War II, he entered the Cincinnati Art Academy. He opened a commercial art studio in 1946 with the goal of building a career in wildlife art. In 1960 he entered the Federal Duck Stamp competition and won with his Redhead Ducks. In 1971 Ruthven founded Wildlife Internationale`, Inc. to publish and distribute his limited edition prints and is still doing so 45 years later.
Ruthven was recognized as Duck`s Unlimited First Artist of the Year, First Ohio Duck Stamp Artists, and First Ohio Animal Stamp/Print Artist.
His paintings have been included in acclaimed exhibitions such as The Artist of America Exhibition in Denver, Colorado and the Society of Animal Artist, 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. Unveilings of original paintings include The White House; the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; the President`s Palace in the Philippines, for Crown Prince Henri in Luxemborg, The Neil Armstrong Space Museum, and the Ohio State Capital Rotunda.
Among the corporate offices featuring his work are Procter & Gamble, the Cincinnati Bengals, CET-48 PBS Network,
John Deere & Company, and the WILDS - International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals to name a few.
"In 2013 I completed this acrylic painting of "MARTHA - the last Passenger Pigeon" that died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. In studying the life history of the passenger pigeon from writings of John J Audubon, Alexander Wilson and others, they flew in huge numbers sometimes into the billions in one flock.Judging from these descriptions I created my painting to reflect what they said about these birds flying in "corkscrew masses". This scene includes the historic Bird Run at the Cincinnati Zoo. These buildings were the oldest structures of any zoo in America. They are all gone except one that was saved as a memorial to the Passenger Pigeon." See the memorial at The Cincinnati Zoo!
I was commissioned to create a painting for the U.S.O. The painting depicts an American Bald Eagle and our American Flag. The original acrylic painting is 4' x 4'. Limited edition giclee' prints are available for $500.00 with all proceeds going to U.S.O. Cincinnati. This was a tremendous honor as a WWII Navy Veteran.