Animals inspire, intrigue, and move people in a way nothing else can. Andrew Hosner and Amanda Erlandson gathered together a group of incredible ‘new contemporary’ artists for “Wild at Heart – Keep Wildlife in the Wild”, to touch on that connection while raising awareness about wild creatures around the world.
Now on at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, “Wild at Heart” features more than 100 artists, including new contemporary stars (and some of my favourites) like Stella Im Hultberg, Amy Sol, Ana Bagayan, Edwin Ushiro, Yosuke Ueno, and more.
Hosner and Erlandson exercise meticulous curation and an eye for remarkably talented artists. Each artist has chosen an animal to depict in their distinct, technically sound styles. The art brings home the realization of how many of the animals that we connect with so closely emotionally and spiritually – even if we’ve never seen one in real life – are truly in danger. The artists depict buffalo, rhinos, honeybees, tazmanian devils, turtles, the grey wolf, hummingbird, spotted owls, and more.
Of the exhibition, Thinkspace says:
“As the natural world becomes increasingly impacted by shifting climate, human greed and diminishing resources, protecting those creatures that still roam free becomes ever more vital to the soul of humanity. For even if we could continue to exist without wildlife, the spirit-crushing sadness that our species would take upon itself would surely rob all joy from life. Those majestic, miraculous, elemental beings which we admire from afar are at the root of who we are as people — from the woodland protagonists of our childhood storybooks, to the metaphors we use to describe ourselves as adults, to the animal spirits that visit us in our dreams. As we take steps to protect them from those who would rob them of their freedom, we also improve our own species’ chances to persist far into the future, both by preserving the natural world we all share, and by cherishing the sacred genesis of our imagination and symbology.”
20% of the sale price of each piece will be donated to Born Free USA and the Animal Protection Institute, which jointly operate as a non-profit that advocates worldwide for the ethical treatment and protection of wild animals.
All paintings can be viewed and purchased online, and the exhibition will be open until June 9, 2012.
Images courtesy of Thinkspace Gallery