To mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, award-winning artist, BRUCE LAWES, will be setting up a giant canvas and easel overlooking the historic battlegrounds this coming 4th of July long weekend and painting the reenactment live in front of the estimated 100,000 visitors. Using a preliminary “painted sketch” of the Union cavalry charge (see below), Bruce will spend 4 days completing a large format work, painted in his unique hyper realism style – work so minutely detailed that each piece looks like a stunning photograph!
With approximately 10,000 confirmed men and women reenactors, 135 canons and 500 horses participating, the artist will enjoy an unobstructed view of the entire reenactment and park visitors are invited to watch him as he works and view some of his previous horse paintings which will be on display for the duration of the event. Working closely with the multi award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Robert Child and historical advisor J. David Petruzzi to maintain an authentic yet creative reflection of the important Civil War period, Lawes’ interest in the Gettysburg anniversary stems from his desire to portray the horse as an integral part of civilization. “From wild to domestic equines and in times of war and peace, we owe a great debt to the horse,” says Lawes. “I’m also honoured to support the Civil War Battlefield and Historic Preservation organizations nominated by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee as beneficiaries of this special art initiative and I will be donating 50% of the proceeds from sales of limited edition prints, a series of posters and the original canvas which will be auctioned later in the year.”
If you plan on visiting the Gettysburg 150th Anniversary reenactment this 4th of July weekend, please drop by Bruce’s battleground studio tent and say hello. Limited edition, museum quality prints of the original canvas will be available shortly as will posters suitable for schools, libraries and Civil War buffs. The original canvas will be auctioned later this year with 50% of the proceeds (of the auction and all print sales) benefiting battleground preservation organizations. Visit the Gettysburg official website www.gettysburgreenactment.com for details and times of reenactment events, park admissions and special guests. And to view the Toronto-based artist’s complete portfolio of equine, figurative and landscape art, please visit his website at www.bklawesart.com