Over 40,000 years ago, we began to depict animals in cave drawings. Throughout history, mankind's consistent portrayal of animals in art is a testament to the importance of our connection with the animal kingdom. As mankind evolved, so did our artwork. We began to not only depict but personify animals. We began to see our human emotions in animals. This anthropomorphism or personification connected us to animals on a deeper and more emotional level. This collection of work is my perspective and portrayal of the animal kingdom. As a portrait photographer, my intention is for these animal portraits to speak to us. What they say depends on the conscious and subconscious feelings we embody. By photographing each animal in-studio on a neutral background, I am creating a portrait that is focused on the animal only and often the eyes are the focal point. This deconstructive approach to portraiture allows us to experience the creature in a way otherwise not possible. Through this language of simplistic portraiture, these photographs are aimed to elicit an emotion in the viewer. Whether it's beauty, power, or humor, I want to give animals the opportunity to tell their story and to connect with you us an emotional level. Who doesn't like a penguin named Kowalski? African Penguins are sometimes referred to as Black Footed Penguins or Jackass Penguins (for their loud Donkey-like call). This penguin, Kowalski, was quite the performer in studio. He waddled around, gobbled up fish, talked a lot, and very occasionally would puff his small feathers out like so many birds do. One thing that is interesting about Penguins is that they truly smell like fish. I guess the old adage, you are what you eat, holds true for them.
About The Gallery
Isabella Garrucho Fine Art is an art gallery based in Greenwood. It offers a great selection of artworks for sale by many emerging and established artists.