The Tail Tale
Oil on Canvas,
The Tail Tale
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Oil on Canvas
Some palette knife work
W: 600mm x H: 900mm x D: 25mm
W: 24" x H: 35" x D: 1"
Approx. Weight: 1kg
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About "The Tail Tale"
Artist: Bernadette Taylor
This painting was inspired by Kenyan 'Twiga Walinzi' (Giraffe Guards conservation team) who visit schools with giraffe masks, in the hope to educate children about these magnificent animals, so that they will protect this species from poaching when they are adult. (Hence the snare)
The future of so many vulnerable species depends greatly on the global youth.
The giraffes are killed for numerous reasons. Poachers hunt them for their meat or for their bone marrow and brain, used to treat AIDS as a traditional belief in some regions of Africa.
In some coutries, these peaceful and bizarre mammals are killed for another reason: their tails, which are considered a status symbol in some communities. For example, to ask for the hand of a bride, men must use the tail as a dowry to the bride's father. Plus, the long black hairs of tails are used to make talismans, whips and cords.
Two giraffe subspecies have been listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species for the first time.
Giraffe numbers plummeted by a staggering 40% in the last three decades, and less than 100,000 remain today. Habitat loss through expanding agriculture, human-wildlife conflict, civil unrest, and poaching for their meat, pelts, and tails, are among the reasons for the decline.
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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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