KARL MAY ~ Karl May & his Friends by tasmanianartist for Karl May Friends

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Small 60" x 51" Medium 80" x 68" Large 104" x 88"
Note: There is a 1"–2" tolerance on all printed textile products.


  • 100% lightweight polyester
  • Printed top, finished edge, fine line detail and intense vivid colours
  • Cold gentle machine wash, line or tumble dry on low, don’t bleach or iron
  • Call it a wall tapestry or a wall hanging, it’s awesome either way

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Artist's Description

Photography: David Irwin
Traditional Painting, Digital Art: Marlies Bugmann

In 2015 I concluded my ten-year endeavour of translating all of Karl May’s Winnetou stories. The last of them, The Oil Baron, was published in January 2015. During the period between 2004 and 2014, I also created a number of Karl May art pieces, notably the riders that adorn the covers of my translations.

Below are two examples:


The riders are featured on individual RedBubble items, such as scarves and mugs, as well as in a group on posters. The theme for the hard cover editions of my Karl May translations is ‘Riders in the Sky’; the background for the riders is a digitally modified photograph of particularly dramatic skies over Tasmania – I live in Australia’s island state.

All motifs were originally painted in acrylic on white board, scanned, and then digitally modified and adjusted to fit onto the book covers, and later onto RedBubble prints, mugs, scarves and more.

The new RedBubble product, wall tapestry, provides the opportunity to present the riders in a larger format, again placed on a dramatic sky over Tasmania, as photographed in August of 2016 and rendered with a slight texture.

The characters on the wall tapestry, from top left to bottom right, are: Eagle (representing ‘Young Eagle’, an Apache warrior), Tatellata-Satah, Herzle, aged Old Shatterhand, Bloody-Fox, a Bola Man, Carlos, Winnetou, Old Shatterhand, Winnetou, Old Firehand, Winnetou, Kara ben Nemsi, Tokvi-Kava, Karl May with Silver-Rifle, Karl May with bear killer, Old Surehand, Apanatshka, Sam Hawkens with Mary and Liddy, Dick Stone, and Will Smith.

The passionflower features a number of times in Karl May’s works, and especially so in his last novel of 1910, which I’ve translated as Winnetou – Book 4. There, in Tatellah-Satah’s pueblo, is a ‘Passiflora Room’. The walls are clad entirely in red and white passionflowers, the vines of which are permitted to cover the structure.

Another tale that features the passionflower is May’s short Easter Sunday story that plays in the Amazon forest:

My translations of Karl May’s Winnetou novels and short stories are available from Lulu.com.

Karl May costume photos of 1896 in black and white, which I have digitally coloured, are courtesy of Karl May Gesellschaft, Germany.

Kara ben Nemsi carries the ‘Magic Rifle’ – Karl May’s fictional ‘Henry rifle’, digitally recreated according to Karl May’s own descriptions, of which there are various throughout his work – design copyright Philip Colston 2012 for The Treasure in Silver-Lake.

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