Coyote & Thunder Portfolio of #trailpaintings, 2016
I see all around us, evidence for a deep narrative of Californian ecology that transcends its present human occupiers. Ancient and enduring systems, defining the wild character of natural California, which while never completely static, remain intact and steadfast despite the forced stresses imposed on them from the contemporary human ecology and society. My paintings describe my journey towards understanding California as a single breathing, moving, living system that holds one epic narrative: a thread of natural history bright, poetic and undeniable.
About; Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo, mapping and naming the creeks, oak forests and sage mazes. Into adulthood he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one as his identity as a wilderness naturalist took hold. For Obi, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology and language for a hundred Field Atlases to come. When not backpacking, today you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is http://www.coyoteandthunder.com.