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The man who paints cows | Arts

The man who paints cows


EAST SUSSEX, UK – British painter John Marshall has spent the last decade restricting himself to just one subject: the humble cow. The paintings are big, around 2 meters and, Marshall claims, each bovine has its unique characteristics. 

    “So, if the cow is soft and nurturing that’s how I will paint it and if the cow is sort of angry and startled then I’ll try and treat that in the temperate. So, they portray a different thing and it’s the thing that is keeping them unique, keeping a sense that each one is different and it’s kind of more of an emotional portrayal than a photographic one,” said Marshall. 


    In the past 12 months he has sold around 40 canvases, which can go on sale for up to £6,000 (8,500 U.S. dollars) each and many of his paintings find their way to urban dwellers who look for a rural look in their city homes.

Dairy cows eat grass in a paddock on the New South Wales south coast near the town of Nowra, Australia, September 5, 2014.  REUTERS/David Gray/File photo
Dairy cows eat grass in a paddock on the New South Wales south coast near the town of Nowra, Australia, September 5, 2014.

Reuters/David Gray/File photo

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