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What lies beneath... Peter Pharoah current exhibition
What lies beneath... Peter Pharoah current exhibition
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I realise that this post possibly a little late as its quite some time since the world commemorated World Rhino Day but in the grand scheme of things, the fight against rhino poaching is probably decades too late...

22 September 2014... The day came and went and still the stories of poaching roll off the press and fill up our social media news feeds. This ONE day dedicated to creating awareness is a stark reminder of the fact that there are now only around 3000 rhinos remaining in the wild.

Does this mean that we have lost the war on protecting our natural heritage? This thought evoked a little introspection for me on a personal level as we lost everything in the gallery fire, in 2010, a mere four years ago.

At the time I had been experimenting with a series of wildlife artworks that drew a comparison between the creature's anatomy, the structures that enable it to produce power or speed, the intricate layering of bone and muscle in a form that is so majestic yet functional. The concept behind the series was to look at the animal in comparison to the mechanical objects and machinery that drive our modern, industrialised world. Armed for Battle was inspired by the 'tank-like' appearance of a Rhinoceros while Anatomy of Power explored the strength and power of the lion.


I have been revisiting this concept for my next wildlife series as I feel that I never truly accomplished everything I had set out to achieve. In Anatomy of Speed, I wanted to capture the coiled springs that for me illustrated the unleashing of velocity and speed in the cheetah.

For many, these paintings are quite a departure from what you may be used to seeing at the gallery in Wilderness, be sure not to miss it!

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Peter Pharoah - South African Contemporary Fine Artist
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