Big Cats as you've never seen them before | Robert Oxley: 'The Dark Knights: Close Encounters' 2022

This 2022 installation of Robert Oxley's collection The Dark Knights: Close Encounters sees the artist transform three big cats into 'ethereal, astral' beings through his kaleidoscopic use of colour and form. Inspired by mythology and Arthurian legend, these limited edition artworks harness the powerful image of a lion, tiger and jaguar to create artworks that comment on the simultaneous strength and vulnerability of some of our endangered species of big cat.

Focussing on the face, Robert painted eyes of the animals first, keeping them at his eye level as he finished the piece so as to always "have dialogue with the animal".

Scroll to the bottom of this page to view previous instalments of The Dark Knights or head over to Robert's artist page to learn more about the artist.


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Featured art (left to right): 'Phantasm', 'Spectre', 'Spirit', £795 or £2950 as a set of three.

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Robert Oxley | Ensemble | 2022


It’s time to pull back the curtains on the new collection by Robert Oxley. Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal for a showstopping selection of limited edition and original artworks.

Robert Oxley | The Dark Knights


Natural history meets medieval legend for this ferocious trio of limited edition prints. Following his art's appearance on Channel 4's Grand Designs in January 2021, Robert released the first instalment of this popular collection, featuring a lion, tiger and jaguar.

Robert Oxley | The Dark Knights - Heart of Darkness


Discover Heart of Darkness, the second instalment from Robert Oxley's The Dark Knights series. This contemporary collection depicts three of the planet's deadliest wild cats: a tiger, leopard and snow leopard. 

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