About the piece:
David became a full-time wildlife artist after his first solo exhibition in 1990. This charcoal drawing on canvas is of the highly vulnerable Temminck’s Ground Pangolin. David is struck by the tragedy that these harmless, beautiful mammals which feed only on ants and termites are now fighting against extinction. The pangolin with its perfect overlapping scales can only leave you mesmerised as they curl into a guarded ball when threatened. David tried to portray the essence of this shy and cryptic animal. To emphasise their perfect design, he decided to portray the pangolin curled up in the centre of the square canvas format and use only charcoal as his medium, with sensitive soft edges on the outside working in more detail towards the focal point of the pangolin’s face.
At least 50% of the proceeds from this sale will support the charitable work of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.
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