David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022

Our Cousins Under Threat

Our Cousins Under Threat is my first ever entry into the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Artist of the Year competition. DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year, in association with BBC Wildlife, is an internationally renowned wildlife art competition and exhibition which uses the power of art to celebrate wildlife, support awareness and raise funds for endangered species across Africa and Asia. Since its inception in 2008, Wildlife Artist of the Year has attracted more than 13,300 entries raising more than £1.2 million for conservation projects across Africa and Asia. 

Each year, shortlisted pieces feature in an an exhibition in which 50% of the proceeds from all artwork sales support DSWF and their conservation partners, highlighting how we can use are to create something powerful and ignite the conversation about conservation.

You can find out more about DSWF’s work and the competition at davidshepherd.org.

'Our Cousins Under Threat' Great Apes portrait by Wildlife Artist Angie

It saddens me that some of our closest relatives in the natural world are also some of the most endangered. Chimpanzees, Gorillas, and Orangutans are threatened by deforestation, war, and poaching, and are particularly vulnerable since their small populations are restricted to isolated patches of ancient forest.

Our Cousins Under Threat - Great Apes portrait by wildlife artist Angie

In this piece, I wanted to capture their spirit through a close-up of their faces, with a level of eye contact that forces the viewer to relate to them in a very human way – encouraging us to see them not as animals, but as intelligent, emotional beings that experience love, pain, and fear just as we do – and to remind us that the world would be all the poorer without them. Each portrait was drawn at A3 size (42x30cm) in pastel, and brought together in a triple mount to create a unique composition.

I have seen the work that goes into Orangutan conservation first-hand during a visit to Borneo several years ago, and was immediately captivated by these incredible creatures and heartbroken by the degree to which their habit is being destroyed.

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