An East Sussex animal charity is set to benefit from a prestigious art exhibition being held in London for two weeks from 28 June. The ‘Endangered’ exhibition features a series of 15 powerful artworks by artist Dan Pearce highlighting precious wildlife species on the brink of extinction.
The show is being held in partnership with Uckfield-based International Animal Rescue (IAR) with 20% of the purchase of each piece donated to the charity.
For his latest exhibition, contemporary mixed media artist Pearce has set aside his iconic portraits to create a new wildlife series focusing on the beauty of animals whose existence is being challenged by mankind.
Four of the pieces feature the closest relatives of humankind – majestic Apes – a decision which Dan hopes will alert people to how rapidly they are heading towards extinction. Both the Sumatran and Bornean orangutans feature in the series, with both now listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ as a result of hunting, killing and destruction of the rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations and other large scale agriculture.
IAR’s team in West Borneo is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction of orangutans into safe areas of forest and works with government bodies and local communities to protect precious orangutan habitat.
The collection also features African Lions, Grevy’s Zebra, the Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Asian Elephant, Giant Panda and ‘Sudan,’ the last of the Northern White Rhinos. Each of the originals will be sold for £1995.
Dan’s iconic style using spray paint, aluminium and resin is evident in the series, staying true to his love of colour and mixed media. However, he has introduced the use of shattered glass and glass shards into the artwork to send out a strong message to echo the fragile future of these incredible animals.
“I’ve always enjoyed painting iconic portraits but for 2018 I wanted to set myself a new challenge,” said Dan. “I am a huge wildlife fan and was really influenced by Blue Planet II which inspired me to create this new wildlife series.
“The process was experimental, defining a process on each animal I created. I built up the glass layers, added spray paint, inks and set the mixed media in place using resin, as well as introducing materials like diamond dust and gold leaf.”
Alan Knight OBE, Chief Executive of International Animal Rescue, said: “We are thrilled to have won the support of an artist with the talent and skill of Dan Pearce. His exhibition shines a spotlight on some of the most critically endangered species on the planet, drawing attention to their desperate plight through a series of extraordinary and powerful pieces of artwork. We wish him every success with the exhibition. Anyone who purchases one of his pieces will not only be acquiring a beautiful work of art, they will also be supporting IAR’s efforts to save a critically endangered species from extinction.”