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You Love Animals? You'll Love These Artworks Too!

  • Brad Wilson - Red Tailed Hawk #4, Albuquerque, NM, 2016
June 27, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Since the beginning of their time, human creatures have been assigning symbolism to animals sharing our world. Serving as an endless source of fascination, animals have had an important place in art history. They have been represented in a variety of ways, as symbols, teachers of moral lessons, aesthetic and scientific muses, talking creatures, or companions, serving as vessels for happiness, distress, environmental issues, gender roles, and more.

Contemporary artists continue to explore the world of animals and our relationships with them. The current interest in animal imagery seems intensified by our increasingly uneasy relationship with nature and its denizens.

We bring you ten pieces that celebrate the richness and diversity of the animal world!

Featured image: Brad Wilson – Red Tailed Hawk #4, Albuquerque, NM, 2016. All images courtesy of their respected galleries.

  • FOXX - I'm Here BK, 2016

BK FOXX - I'm Here, 2016

A true animal lover, BK FOXX uses the city of New York as his canvas on a mission to raise awareness on animal treatment and their rights. Portraying beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, she engages the viewer to become one with them and care for the ones we share our planet with.

The work I’m Here from 2016 channels her longing to raise awareness of the issues regarding animal rights and wildlife. The work is painted with remarkable realism with a great attention to detail.

See more info about the work here.

  • Richard Orlinski - Wild panther - tagues

Richard Orlinski - Wild panther - tagues

Sculptures by the acclaimed artist Richard Orlinski represent the transition from seminal instinct to civilized understanding. Working around the concept “Born Wild”, he uses contemporary materials available for a large audience, including children. Curious by nature and eager to express his sensitivity, he constantly innovates to create lighting effects, sculpt new materials, test alloys.

Combining his innovative vision and remarkable artistry, the artist created this powerful sculpture of the panther adorned with graffiti tags. According to Orlinski, the animal is an iconic symbol of mystery femininity and sensuality, expressing a wild power, speed and ferocity.

See more info about the work here.

  • Sylvie Mangaud - Enzo

Sylvie Mangaud - Enzo

A sculptor from Paris, Sylvie Mangaud is concerned with seizing the movement, the motion and immortalizing the moment. She focuses on nude bodies and animals, with disregarding their original proportions becoming her style. She follows the studies of morphopsychology which allow her to observe and to include the subtleties of the body.

The sculpture Enzo depicts an intentionally distorted figure of a horse with elongated attributes. Focusing on the purity of the lines to create an aesthetic balance, she created a sculpture imbued with lightness, sharpness and elegance.

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  • Alexander Calder - Buffalo, 1925

Alexander Calder - Buffalo, 1925

Internationally celebrated for his delicate mobile sculptures which move with the slightest air currents, Alexander Calder produced a significant painterly oeuvre. While the artist mostly engaged in two-dimensional works to organize and contextualize his ideas about movement and the relationships with objects within, these works testify to his unique and delicate visual language.

While studying at the Art Student’s League in New York, Alexander Calder worked for the National Police Gazette. One of his assignments was sketching the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, a theme that would recur throughout his work. This wonderful watercolor is one of the works from this period.

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  • Brad Wilson - Red Tailed Hawk #4, Albuquerque, NM, 2016

Brad Wilson - Red Tailed Hawk #4, Albuquerque, NM, 2016

A New York photographer with a professional career of over 20 years, Brad Wilson decided to stop working with human subjects and shift his focus to photographs of animals in his studio. Creating studio portraits of wild animals, Wilson created a widely acclaimed photographic series Affinity.

Transcending the boundaries of wildlife or nature photography and moving into a realm of animal portraiture, the series represents a world that we, as humans, rarely inhabit. A photograph from the series, Red Tailed Hawk #4, Albuquerque, NM, creates a compelling feeling of intimacy and proximity seldom experienced.

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  • Collin van der Sluijs and Super A - A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing, 2017

Collin van der Sluijs and Super A - A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing, 2017

While Collin van der Sluijs is best known for mesmerizing representation of everyday stories, Super A creates pictorial narratives which seem to exist in a balance between fiction and non-fiction reflecting the artist’s amazement with rarities in our world. These to artists often collaborate due to their similar delicate aesthetics.

The work A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing from 2017 deals with the city’s underbelly sensation and the visualization of the self-side of society. As Super A once explained, these images can be seen as the “melancholic, cynical little brothers of common picture postcards.”

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  • Salvador Dali - Le Cheval et le Loup (The Horse and the Wolf), 1974

Salvador Dali - Le Cheval et le Loup (The Horse and the Wolf), 1974

A Spanish artist who left an indelible mark on the art world, Salvador Dalí is regarded today as one of the most original, innovative and famous figures in history. Renowned for his flamboyant personality and technical virtuosity, he paved the way for generations of artists to come.

The work Le Cheval et le Loup (The Horse and the Wolf) from 1974 is part of the series Le Bestiaire de la Fontaine Dalinise, a portfolio of 12 drypoints with pochoir in colors.

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  • Diskorobot - Nightwolf, 2012

Diskorobot - Nightwolf, 2012

An artist who emerged in the German graffiti scene in the early ’90s, Diskorobot creates work characterized by the vibrant weaving of abstract codes, quotes and memories of his life. Today, he is a member of Klub7 collective.

The work Nightwolf is executed with feather pen and ink on paper, his favorite tools for creating a basis for his murals. The work features his signature abstract forms and graphical fragments.

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  • Dzia - Froggy, 2016

Dzia - Froggy, 2016

The Belgian artist Dzia became quite famous for his unique depictions of animals. These outstandingly detailed foxes, cats, insects, squirrels, eagles, rhinos, horses and octopi are created in his signature style defined by his use of bold abstract and geometric lines.

The animal in this work is comprised of carefully selected elements that build its body. All of these parts and details come together creating a consistent painting.

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  • Mateus Bailon - Mating dance II

Mateus Bailon - Mating dance II

Realizing the people living in the cities in Brazil has lost their contact with nature, Brazilian street artist Mateus Bailon decided to bring it into the cities. He creates vibrant and colorful murals inhabited by birds, plants, and fishes, brightening up urban areas and bringing a smile to the faces of passers-by.

In this wonderful piece that bursts with color, the artist depicted two exotic birds mating. These creatures give the feeling of freedom and independence.

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