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1920 - 2007 )

Bob Kuhn was one of the leading painters of animals shown in dramatic action.  This ability to arrest the animals in motion sets him apart from the other contemporary painters of North American and African wildlife.

He was born in Buffalo, New York in 1920.  He was intrigued since boyhood by the animal kingdom.  His earliest contacts with large mammals were made at the Buffalo Zoo.  After completing public high school in Buffalo, Kuhn studied commercial art for three years at the Pratt Institute.  He worked steadily as an illustrator from 1940 to 1970, taking only a year and a half off to serve as a merchant seaman in World War II.

Kuhn was an illustrator for such outdoor magazines as Field and Stream, True and Outdoor Life.  He also designed illustrations for books and advertisements. I n 1964, he started painting for the Remington Arms Company Game Art Calendar.

In 1970, he resigned from all of his commercial accounts in order to devote himself exclusively to easel painting of wildlife.  He soon won awards and medals at such distinguished shows as the National Academy of Western Art and The Cowboy Hall of Fame Wildlife Art Show.

Kuhn was influenced by Paul Branson, who was known as the "dean of animal artists", and in turn, assisted many younger wildlife artists in their careers.  He studied animals on location all over North America and Africa.

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