Morgan Hill, Ca (April 2018) – Art Brand Studios, a leading publisher, manufacturer, marketer, wholesaler and branded retailer of fine art reproductions announces the acquisition of Wild Wings, a company representing 50 of America’s top wildlife and Americana/nostalgia artists. Wild Wings has a long history of specializing in art and art-related products that reflect a healthy outdoor lifestyle, with genres that include big game, upland birds, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, wolves, domestic dogs and cats, horses, Native American, nostalgic Americana, rural scenes, fishing, ocean scenes, among others. Wild Wings has always remained true to its nature art heritage and has always made sure to support that which the art depicts. Since the publication of their very first art print in 1970, Wild Wings and the artists they represent have jointly donated a portion of each year’s print editions to conservation organizations across North America. Wild Wings has published over 2500 print editions since 1968, and will now operate under the ABS umbrella.
“Adding Wild Wings to our already impressive line-up of talented artists is exciting on so many levels,” says Mark Mickelson, Managing Partner at Next Point Capitol. ABS is owned by Art Brand Investor, LLC, which is owned by M2 Investment Management, LLC, and managed by Next Point Capitol. Mickelson adds, “Through a broad range of products, from fine art prints to home décor, we are looking forward to marketing and promoting an artistic genre that celebrates wildlife and Americana, and doing it with a company with the same values and creative commitment that ABS was founded on. Shared values are always good business. We are beyond thrilled at this acquisition.”
“I’m sure I can speak for everyone at Wild Wings in saying we couldn’t be more excited about joining the Art Brand Studios organization,” says Randy Eggenberger, President of Wild Wings. “This union brings together the creative talents of some of the most respected names in art including Thomas Kinkade, Terry Redlin and Wild Wings. The combined companies will build on the respective strengths of each organization resulting in exciting new directions and opportunities for our customers, artists, and employees.”
Art Brand Studios is a leading publisher of branded art programs in both Limited and Open Edition. ABS is committed to growing artists’ brands with quality and integrity through corporate and independently owned galleries worldwide, strategic art licenses with Disney and DC Comics, licensing relationships with more than 70 licensees such as Hallmark and Bradford Exchange, and cross-channel marketing that includes everything from web to print to event management and targeted multimedia campaigns. ABS publishes the work of Thomas Kinkade, Thomas Kinkade Studios, Blend Cota, and Marjolein Bastin among others.
Wild Wings is a leading publisher, producer, and distributor of wildlife, sporting, and nostalgic/Americana art prints and art-related products. Founded in 1968, Wild Wings published its first limited edition art print in 1970 and mailed its first direct-mail catalog in 1971. Today, 50 years after its inception, Wild Wings continues to lead the industry in product development and innovative approaches to incorporating nature themes into a wide range of art products, gifts, home furnishings, collectibles and apparel. Wild Wings products are sold under the Wild Wings®, Terry Redlin®, Great Northern Art®, Loon Lake Decoys, and Bouquet & Company® brands at thousands of retail locations and conservation organization events across North America.