Some years ago, in a toy shop, I came across a very life like small plastic figure of a rhino, which I used as a model for a series of thematic rhino paintings in fusionist style.
It is a great concern how rhinoceros are killed for their horns, which are traded on the black market.
A rhinoceros (from Greek meaning 'nose-horned'), commonly abbreviated to rhino, is one of any five extant species of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae, as well as any of the numerous extinct species therein. Two of the extant species are native to Africa and three to Southern Asia. The term "rhinoceros" is often more broadly applied to now extinct species of the superfamily Rhinocerotoidea.
Members of the rhinoceros family are some of the largest remaining megafauna, with all species able to reach or exceed one tonne in weight. They have a herbivorous diet, small brains (400–600 g) for mammals of their size, one or two horns, and a thick (1.5–5 cm) protective skin formed from layers of collagen positioned in a lattice structure. They generally eat leafy material, although their ability to ferment food in their hindgut allows them to subsist on more fibrous plant matter when necessary. Unlike other perissodactyls, the two African species of rhinoceros lack teeth at the front of their mouths, relying instead on their lips to pluck food. (Wikipedia)
Fusionism is a style of painting combining realism and non-figurative/abstract elements. This is a style the artist has developed since the 70's. Fusionism was considered messy by audience and art dealers until around the 90's, when the fusionist expression became more recognised and wide spread.
May 31st, 2019
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