New Born - Giraffe
New Born - Giraffe
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Charcoal and graphite on tea stained stretched canvas
W: 410mm x H: 510mm x D: 20mm
W: 16" x H: 20" x D: 1"
Approx. Weight: 0.3kg
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About "New Born - Giraffe "
Inspired by the field studies in old safari journals - reminacent of the bygone days when this continent teamed with the splendid abundance of wild life.
Mama giraffes give birth to live babies after 14 months of gestation. When a baby giraffe is born, it drops up to 6 feet to the ground and lands on its head. The fall does not hurt the baby giraffe at all, but makes it take a deep, first breath. After an hour or so, the baby can walk on her own.
When baby giraffes are born, the animals average 6 feet tall and can weigh anywhere from 100 to 150 lbs. Baby giraffes are considered fully mature, or adults, around the time they turn 4 years old. Male giraffes will grow up to 18 feet tall and can weigh up to 3,000 lbs. and female giraffes can be up to 14 feet tall and weigh 1,500 lbs. when fully grown. Baby giraffes will gain most of that height and weight in the first three years of life.
Baby giraffes begin eating within the first hour of life. For the first four to six months, the babies drink milk from their mother. After that time, the babies begin eating leaves. If the babies cannot reach trees with available leaves, mothers will pull leaves off and feed them to the babies. Giraffes can eat up to 75 lbs. of food per day and spend as much as 18 hours per day consuming leaves.
Baby giraffes are cared for primarily by the mother, who normally gives birth to a single calf. So the mother giraffe usually has only one baby to take care of at a time. The mother feeds the baby, cleans the baby and teaches the baby how to fend for itself. If a mother giraffe leaves for any reason, baby giraffes will wait in the same location until she returns. Female giraffes do, at times, create an animal daycare of sorts where one female will watch all the baby giraffes while the other females tend to other matters.
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I've been drawing and painting as far back as recollection allows, attending informal art classes with respected artist Rae Bauer since school going age and throughout my primary school years. Tertiary education included studying Theatre Technology and Fine Art at Wits Technikon.
Working life in summary includes a stint as an illustrator for Upbeat youth educational magazine, special needs teacher aide and informal art teacher, 15 years as an Art & Persian Rug Exhibition Organizer & Coordinator.
I have taken part in numerous exhibitions in Johannesburg, East London, Grahamstown and New Zealand. My artwork is in private and corporate collections in South Africa, Zambia, USA, New Zealand, UK, China, Australia and Spain.
A strong affinity to both Africa and New Zealand - the people, culture and nature - are reflected in many of my artworks. Conservation is something I am passionate about and many of my artworks in that genre are outspoken and confrontational about the ills of human distruction.
Although oil painting is a predominant medium, I love the simplicity of drawing and find value in its purity. I enjoy the unleashing of creativity through the use of unconventional organic pigments and drawing tools, often using coffee, tea and turmeric etc as grounds for graphite or charcoal sketches.
The desire to create and ability to exact that drive, is a gift bestowed by the Creator - to whom I give praise and my unending thanks.
Most recent exhibitions:
•November 2018: East London Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition, Ann Bryant Gallery, East London
•September 2018: The 4 Love of Art Exhibition, Queens Casino, Queenstown
•August 2018: East London Fine Art Society Peep Show, Ann Bryant Gallery, East London
•August 2018: Jikeleza Festival Week, Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve, Wild Coast, East London
•June 2018: National Arts Festival, Albert Museum (DSRAC), Grahamstown
•June 2018: Jikeleza Wine & Dine Art Route, exhibition at Areen River Club, East London
•June 2018: Umtiza Festival, Courtney Latimer Gallery, East London Museum, East London
•May 2018: Anything But Painting Exhibition, Ann Bryant Gallery Coach House, East London
•November - December 2017: Gonubie Lion's Exhibition, Kings Mall, Gonubie, East London
•November 2017: East London Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition at Ann Bryant Gallery, East London
•October 2017: Gonubie Lions Exhibition in aid of Carel du Toit Centre for the deaf.
•September 2017: Jikeleza Festival, East London Wild Coast
•August 2017: Ann Bryant Art Gallery - EL Fine Art Society "Peep Show" Exhibition
•July 2017: Grahamstown Festival - Dep. Art & Culture Exhibition at Albany Museum
•May 2017: Ann Bryant Art Gallery Coach House - EL Fine Art Society "Anything But Painting Exhibition
•November 2015: Ann Bryant Art Gallery - EL Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition
Ann Bryant Art Gallery - EL Fine Art Society "Peep Show" Exhibition
Ann Bryant Art Gallery - EL Fine Art Society "Anything But Painting" Exhibition
•November 2014: Ann Bryant Art Gallery - EL Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition
•August 2014: Ann Bryant Art Gallery - EL Fine Art Society "Peep Show" Exhibition
•July 2014: Grahamstown Festival - Dep. Art & Culture Exhibition at Albany Museum
•May 2014: Ann Bryant Art Gallery - EL Fine Art Society "Anything But Painting" Exhibition
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