'RHINO', 2014 DETAIL OF BIRO DRAWING

'RHINO', 2014 DETAIL OF BIRO DRAWING

INSPIRATION AND SYMBOLISM

Starlit Rhino
The main face and body of ‘Rhino’ is inspired from a sequence in ‘Africa’ capturing previously unknown rhino behaviour. Deemed unsociable, film evidence reveals that rhinos actually gather to socialise at a secret watering hole.

Blind Rhino Calf (drawing on main Rhino face)
One of the stars of ‘Africa’, a blind rhino calf’s every move is guided by rangers. This drawing symbolises that each individual animal including this young rhino is precious and holds a key to the future security of its species.

Prehistoric Rhino Etching (drawing on main Rhino face)
Prehistoric rock engraving of a rhino found in the Sahara becomes a layered drawing as if tattooed on the rhino’s skin and plays as a reminder as to how long rhinos have existed on earth.

Young Lion
Portrait of a noble young lion suggests the majesty of ‘the king of the jungle’, but its eyes betray a reflective demeanour suggesting that hunting and habitat loss have seen wild lion numbers plummet from 200,000 a century ago to fewer than 30, 000. The lion gazes up towards ‘the future’.

Lion Cub (under main lion)
Portrait of a lion cub personifies hope for the future of its species.

Dancing Manta Rays (throughout artwork)
Manta rays glide throughout this piece as a group of dancing manta rays swim through the central elephant’s ear. Hunted for their gill rakers to use in Chinese medicine the future of manta rays remains uncertain.

Pangolin (front leg of rhino)
Armoured body of a pangolin clings on to the walking rhino’s leg, suggesting the precarious status of pangolin species, racing towards extinction, caught for food and used in Chinese medicine. Tens of thousands of pangolin are traded every year.
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'RHINO', 2014 DETAIL OF BIRO DRAWING

'RHINO', 2014 DETAIL OF BIRO DRAWING

INSPIRATION AND SYMBOLISM

Starlit Rhino
The main face and body of ‘Rhino’ is inspired from a sequence in ‘Africa’ capturing previously unknown rhino behaviour. Deemed unsociable, film evidence reveals that rhinos actually gather to socialise at a secret watering hole.

Blind Rhino Calf (drawing on main Rhino face)
One of the stars of ‘Africa’, a blind rhino calf’s every move is guided by rangers. This drawing symbolises that each individual animal including this young rhino is precious and holds a key to the future security of its species.

Prehistoric Rhino Etching (drawing on main Rhino face)
Prehistoric rock engraving of a rhino found in the Sahara becomes a layered drawing as if tattooed on the rhino’s skin and plays as a reminder as to how long rhinos have existed on earth.

Young Lion
Portrait of a noble young lion suggests the majesty of ‘the king of the jungle’, but its eyes betray a reflective demeanour suggesting that hunting and habitat loss have seen wild lion numbers plummet from 200,000 a century ago to fewer than 30, 000. The lion gazes up towards ‘the future’.

Lion Cub (under main lion)
Portrait of a lion cub personifies hope for the future of its species.

Dancing Manta Rays (throughout artwork)
Manta rays glide throughout this piece as a group of dancing manta rays swim through the central elephant’s ear. Hunted for their gill rakers to use in Chinese medicine the future of manta rays remains uncertain.

Pangolin (front leg of rhino)
Armoured body of a pangolin clings on to the walking rhino’s leg, suggesting the precarious status of pangolin species, racing towards extinction, caught for food and used in Chinese medicine. Tens of thousands of pangolin are traded every year.
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Date:
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