About the piece:
Johanna Excell is a Finnish self-taught artist, based in Regensburg, Germany. She works mostly with acrylics – creating vibrant, abstract backgrounds in combination with realistic subjects. Johanna has a Master’s degree in genetics, but is currently focusing on her artwork. Johanna is inspired by colours and wildlife, and her love for animals is evident in her work. Without any formal training in art, she learns by doing, and paints mostly by intuition. A new piece often begins with colours and brushstrokes, and eventually evolves into a habitat for a specific species. This piece is a vibrant, yet earthy sanctuary for the ring-tailed lemur – one of Johanna’s favourite subjects to paint, and a species that is threatened by habitat destruction. With a rich mix of different colours, metallics and textures, the background provides the lemurs with the perfect safe haven, free from the confines of captivity.
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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