The Mother Wolf by Rex Shermock

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Artist Statement

"I took an iconic image commonly found in history books, Romulus and Remus in their infancy, who, according to myth, were rescued from abandonment and suckled by a she-wolf. Romulus eventually grew to found the city of Rome. This wolf's actions not only saved two boys, but initiated what would be the founding of a civilization. People often link wolves to savagery, yet the she-wolf's compassionate act of adopting another species, here a sworn enemy--the human--speaks volumes. The theme is that a wolf is directly responsible with the establishment of civilization. For the piece I stripped down the basics, creating a filter atop the classic sculpture, and kept the image and font basic in order to focus on the theme. The idea of using this myth came to me right away, as it is a story most people are familiar with, and one that has been passed on through the annals of time; I wanted to stress the importance of the wolf's part in the tale as a key indicator of regal nobility, as well as a creature capable of expressing empathy and kindness." - Rex Shermock

I'm an an academic librarian and historian who dabbles in art, languages, and writing. Animal-rights advocate and cat-lover.

About Join the Pack

Join the Pack, a collection of designs celebrating the wolf by portraying its wildness, mystery and general bad-assness. We hope to combat fear and misunderstanding of wolves by celebrating the species and building a greater appreciation for the iconic creatures. Proceeds support Earthjustice, using the power of law to defend our right to a healthy environment.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.