John Kobald (b. 1967)
bronze, 9 by 7 by 20 in.
edition 1 of 12
John Kobald is the 2020 Featured Artist for the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this bronze will go directly to BTT, whose mission is to conserve and enhance global bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries and their environment through stewardship, research, education, and advocacy. The BTT serves as a repository for information on the life history of these species and works internationally with anglers, guides, scientists, regulators, and the public to nurture and enhance fish populations.
“My experience as a fly-fishing and hunting guide gives me a unique relationship with the natural world and the people who share this passion.” - John Kobald
At an early age, Kobald was taught by his parents to observe nature and translate it into an art form. He started creating with the guidance of his father, Ray, who is a widely respected artist. John received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from Northern Illinois University.
Through bronze and wood sculptures, John captures his patient and discerning observations of wildlife. The environment, inherent to the animal’s identity, is suggested with a simple gesture. John’s fascination with the dramatic presence of wildlife will forever influence his artwork. His travels throughout North and Central America and New Zealand have provided many research opportunities. Watercolor paintings express the varied environments of his travels, including the rivers of the Rocky Mountains, the colorful aquatic life of the oceans, and the moods of the changing seasons.
Kobald’s commissioned artwork is appreciated in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and New Zealand. He currently resides in northwestern Colorado with his wife and two children.
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