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394743_172179866215253_1650952982_nJoseph Koensgen is a Canadian wildlife and nature artist. His keen interest in nature, combined with artistic talent means that he is able to bring his experiences to life through the brush, creating vibrant and realistic pieces of art. His art has been recognized by receiving two People’s Choice awards at Art Expo, and in 2013, was featured in an article, “30 Under 30, Young Artists Revolutionizing the World of Fine Art”, in Art Business News Magazine. He is a member of the Assiniboia Group of Artists Cooperative, and Artists for Conservation. His concern for the natural world is a strong motivator for creating such work, with the hope that it will bring to attention the need to protect the wild places he paints. He has been selected five times to be a part of the Ducks Unlimited Canada National Art Portfolio, a program to use artwork from talented artists to raise funds and awareness for wetland conservation across Canada. He is currently living in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he continues to work on creating new and unique pieces of wildlife art that are inspired by experiences, and a desire to protect the natural world.

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Latest Artwork

Last Leaves – 16 x 24″ 
 
One of my favourite things to do is get out into nature and go hiking. I often head towards the Canadian Shield in Eastern Manitoba and into the boreal forest. One of the bird species I expect to see out there are Grey Jays. Most of the time my first glimpse is of the bird is them flying from branch to branch and gliding effortlessly through the trees. Having a large habitable range across Canada, they’re a resourceful and intelligent bird, being quite bold at times. As this is the Canadian Geographical Society’s candidate for a national bird, I thought it be fitting to do a painting of my most recent sighting of one this last fall. A lot of the leaves had been blown off the trees already, which made them fairly easy to spot and a nice contrast to a changing forest. 
 
 
 
 
 
mossy-forest
 Mossy Forest – 20 x 28″
 
I’ve always enjoyed the forests of the west coast. Moss hanging down from the large trees with a mist that separates the layers of trees in the distance. The first time I hiked through these forests, there was an immediate sense of scale that I hadn’t felt before. Trees so large they reached up above the canopy, and a vibrant green unlike anything I had seen. An overwhelming sensory experience that was rich in biodiversity and mystery. It seemed fitting to have the Owl in this painting since they seem to have an air of mystery themselves, and that at any moment it could simply disappear into the misty layers of trees and be gone.

 

 


Recent News

 

afc_festival-logo-no-yearDates have been confirmed for the Artists For Conservation Festival, 2016. Joseph Koensgen’s painting, Frozen Morning and Canadian Reflection, have been selected for inclusion in the show. The show runs from September 29 – October 3, at the Spirit Gallery on Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver.