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Endangered Animal Painting Series: North Atlantic Right Whale

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by katievautour

North Atlantic Right Whale

This is another piece from the endangered animal painting series. It’s a North Atlantic Right Whale, which lives in…well, the Atlantic Ocean. That’s quite self-explanatory, like the Atlantic Wolffish. These whaless are endangered due to collisions with ships, disruption of the ecosystem through fishing, and historical whaling. It is estimated that there are only about 350 North Atlantic Right Whales remaining in the world. For undetermined reasons (potentially due to environmental modifications, as whales are highly sensitive to changes in their habitat) they are reproducing at an unusually low rate, making it critical for humans to learn to coexist peacefully with the remaining members of the species. The NARWC: North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium website provides lots of information about Right Whales and what is being done to protect the few which remain.

32″ x 22″. Spray paint, pastel, oil, chalk, crayon, acylic and marker on board.

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Endangered Animal Painting Series: Chinese Giant Salamander

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2009 by katievautour

Chinese Giant Salamander

The Giant Chinese Salamander is the largest living amphibian, growing up to a length of nearly two meters. This particular species deviated from other amphibians approximately 170 million years ago, making it a unique and very distinct creature. Their territory is along the major rivers in China (including the Yangtze, where the now extinct Baiji Dolphin also lived). Giant Salamanders are on the Critically Endangered list of animals and amphibians as a result of an eighty percent decline in their population since the 1960s. The species is over harvested and hunted for food trade, and also heavily impacted by habitat loss.

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to wipe out the creature on this planet that looks most like a dinosaur. Simply because it looks like a dinosaur. That’s impeccably cool.

32″x 22″. Spray paint, pastel, charcoal and oil on board.

Endangered Animal Painting Series: Jerboa

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by katievautour

Jerboa

The Jerboa is one of the very few animals that can stand to live in the Gobi desert, the other being the Bactrian Camel (see my earlier post). This creature has huge ears to help displace the extreme heat from the harsh climate of the desert, but despite its adaptation its existence is being threatened by urbanization and hunting from introduced predators (dogs, etc). The Jerboa is also a highly-valued commodity in the pet trade industry, as it unfortunately (and adorably) looks like a real life Pikachu.

32″ x 22″. Spray paint, acrylic, pastel and charcoal on board.

Endangered Animal Painting Series: Yangtze River Dolphin

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by katievautour

Yangtze River Dolphin

This is a Yangtze River Dolphin, also know as a Baiji. Perhaps I should rephrase that: formerly known as a Baiji. This cetacean (water dwelling mammal) was thoroughly searched for by scientists in 2006, who failed to produce any evidence of its current existence. It was worshiped as the Goddess of the Yangtze, the animal bearing the same name as the river which it used to call home.

Factors which contributed to the Dolphin’s downfall were accidental catching by fisherman, collisions with boats, pollution of the water source and the construction of dams throughout the massive river.

This CBC article contains some more detailed information about the Yangtze River Dolphin and the process by which scientists established its probable extinction.

36″ x 36″. Spray paint, pastel and charcoal on canvas.

Endangered Animal Painting Series: Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2009 by katievautour

Red Eyed Tree Frog

The red eyed tree frog is one of many frogs which is in danger of extinction, largely due to the destruction of its natural habitat and climate change. The EDGE website estimates that almost half of all known amphibians species are declining.

I wanted to have a frog in this series not only to represent the incredible number of diminishing amphibians, but because Andy Warhol’s 1983 Endangered Species portfolio included a Pines Barren Tree Frog. This frog, as well as most of the other animals Warhol used as subject matter, are still endangered today. It’s 23 years later and this work (well, pretty much all of Warhol’s work) is as relevant as if it were produced today. At http://www.warholprints.com/portfolio/Endangered.Species.html you can find some good images of the entire Endangered Species portfolio. It also has most of Warhol’s other work, which is more than worth looking at.

22″ x 32″. Spray paint, acrylic, pastel, crayon, charcoal and oil on board.

Endangered Animal Painting Series: Egyptian Vulture

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2009 by katievautour

Egyptian Vulture

This is one of the most unique looking birds ever. It is an Egyptian Vulture and it’s from–you guessed it!–Egypt. The ancient Egyptians modeled many of their gods and hieroglyphics after this creature, and now, in the 21st century, this Vulture is endangered from feeding on poisoned carcasses and drinking from water supplies that are loaded with chemicals. Its species has witnessed the rise of the pyramids and may soon fall due to the toxic byproducts of contemporary civilization.

Then again, so may humans.

36″ x 36″. Oil, spray paint, pastel, marker, crayon, charcoal and acrylic on canvas.

Endangered Animal Painting Series: Atlantic Wolffish

Posted in Endangered Animal Series with tags , , , , , , , on July 28, 2009 by katievautour

Wolffish

This ferociously named yet entirely docile creature is an Atlantic Wolffish. It lives in the waters of, well, the Atlantic Ocean. The Wolffish gets its name from unusually long teeth which resemble those of a wolf. Its existence is being threatened by indiscriminate bottom trawling for other types of more commonly farmed fish, as well as recreational fishing.

Interesting fact: if you search for Wolffish on Google, one of the first results is a recipe for chow requiring Wolffish as one of the ingredients. (By no means am I suggesting you make Wolffish chow. I am attempting to illustrate that rather than addressing the decline of this species, we ignore it. Or worse, it is indirectly encouraged through the information we receive.)

32″ x 22″. Spray paint, pastel, marker, crayon and oil on board.