One of the most endangered big cats in the world in the world inspired Biro drawings for my plate diptych of Amur Leopards.
European exploration from the 15th century onwards saw the beginnings of plundering the natural world and its legacy that has been inherited to date. A fragmented drawing of Rembrandt’s etching, ‘The Windmill’, 1641 symbolises the depiction in European art during the 15th to the 17th centuries of new and exciting discoveries from distant lands and represents man’s fascination with collecting and hunting exotic species. As few as 45 Amur Leopards exist in the wilds of Ussuriland in Russia at present and only an estimated 7-12 individuals remain in China.
Still photographs taken of the leopard from Cartier’s 2012 advertisement, ‘L’Odyssée de Cartier’, Bruno Aveillan depict the beauty of leopard species’ in ‘Our Loss’ and convey the possible loss of wild leopard sub species such as the Amur Leopard whilst questioning the training of wild animals to perform for human gratification.
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Meticulous detail as always Jane. I especially like the musculature in the jumping leopard’s extending leg, and the character in the face of the crouching animal.
Best wishes as always, Pete.
Many thanks as always Pete, delighted you like this drawing too. Best wishes, Jane
I love the detail you provide for your work, Jane, the back-story. It’s great how much you think about what you’re doing so that nothing appears to be frivolous or without clear intention. Jack
Thank you Jack so much for your lovely comment, I’m so pleased to hear you like the back-story. Many thanks and best wishes, Jane