Randal has traveled extensively in the Western United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa—gathering firsthand reference for his unique paintings and bronze sculptures. His subject matter includes wildlife, figure and landscape. Dutra’s formal fine art training began in 1975 at 16 years of age. For nine years he attended summer and fall art courses at the Okanagan Game Farm in British Columbia, Canada, under artist Clarence Tillenius. There he drew, painted and sculpted all forms of animals working directly from life. In 1977, Randal studied figure drawing and sculpture with Jose DeCreeft at the Art Students League in New York. In 1978, along with fellow artist Dwayne Harty, Dutra received private instruction in painting from esteemed western impressionist Robert Lougheed, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1979 to 1981 Dutra worked in a foundry, casting his own works, learning the art of bronze casting with Piero Mussi of Berkeley, California. Randal later furthered his art studies with Bob Kuhn and George Carlson. Randal has exhibited his paintings and sculptures extensively, including 16 years at the "Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition" held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Concurrent with producing fine art, Dutra worked in special visual effects for the cinema and is a two-time Academy Award nominee. His work resides in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, and many private collections internationally.
Click on the images below to view Randal M. Dutra's artwork available for sale at this year's show.
Predator/prey themes distill dynamics that in reality occur in fractions of a second. When we experience creatures in the wild—especially active ones—it is often as abstract fragments, blurs, or lost and found edges. What is revealed is Nature's unique and fluid shorthand.