06 Nov

BORN FREE ANNOUNCES WILDWORKS

11th-14th NOVEMBER: WILDWORKS IS A MAJOR CELEBRITY ART EXHIBITION AND AUCTION IN AID OF THE INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CHARITY THE BORN FREE FOUNDATION TAKING PLACE AT THE PRESTIGIOUS CLARENDON FINE ART GALLERY IN MAYFAIR, LONDON.

Bernie Taupin (2014)

Bernie Taupin (2014)

 

 

Famous names from the world of Film, Television, Music and Art will be exhibiting their ‘Born Free’ wildlife inspired art to mark the 30th anniversary of the Born Free Foundation, the charity set up by legendary actors Virginia McKenna OBE and her late husband Bill Travers MBE, who famously starred in the 1960’s classic ‘Born Free’.

Celebrity Artists, recognised for their talents in a wide range of the arts, have generously created and contributed original artworks to be auctioned and sold to raise money for the charity and its work to rescue, protect and conserve endangered wild animals around the world – offering art collectors and Born Free supporters a unique opportunity to acquire art by some of the top industry and celebrity names.

Legendary songwriter Bernie Taupin, the long standing writing partner of Elton John and an acclaimed artist in his own right, has worked in a new technique which incorporates photography and paint and will be exhibiting for the first time his impressive canvas of the iconic ‘lion man’ George Adamson with poignant text from the Old Testament Book of Daniel 6:22.

Movie actor and abstract painter Billy Zane, famous for roles in ‘Dead Calm’ and ‘Titanic’, has worked with red African earth and stencils to create his homage to the ‘Big Five’.

Comic genius Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) who has previously exhibited his work at the Royal Academy amongst other leading venues, has a love of the surrealist movement and is influenced by artists such as Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. Jim selected the lion as his chosen subject following a recent trip to South Africa with his family.

Textile artist Josie Russell’s deep-rooted interest in arts and crafts began when she was very young, as did her love of animals. She has created a stunning image of a leopard which will be auctioned at WILDWORKS and says:

“My piece features a majestic leopard – one of the many species who benefit from Born Free’s positive activism – looking how every animal should look: wild and free. Born Free is a fantastic organisation and has helped so many voiceless animals in their hour of need.”

Socialite Lady Victoria Hervey was inspired to put brush to canvas by the elusive snow leopard which is the Hervey family symbol.

The exhibition and auction, sponsored by Kenya Airways, will also feature works by acclaimed artists Nicky Philips, who famously painted the Queen’s portrait and HRH Prince William and Prince Harry, and Sherree Valentine Daines, the highly popular modern impressionist artist. A selected number of original paintings and limited edition prints from Born Free’s own collection will also be up for sale at the private view on 11th November. Artists who have donated pieces to be sold include Gary Hodges, Paul Apps, Paul Augustinus and Olly and Suzi.

The unique and eclectic WILDWORKS exhibition will showcase the celebrity artists’ passion for the wildlife that has been at the forefront of Born Free’s ethos and work for the past thirty years. Majestic and beautiful wild animals are presented in oils, pencil, photography and fabric in an art form interpreted through the creative and individual eye and brush stroke of each of the artist.

Selected original artworks are also to be made into exquisite limited edition prints using a special technique pioneered by fine art house Valentine Art Reproductions. A number of these limited edition prints will be available to buy.

The calibre of highly collectible artists and a cause that will raise urgent funds for endangered wildlife makes WILDWORKS the must see exhibition this autumn, and the exhibition will remain open to members of the public on the 12th, 13th and 14th of November.

Television celebrity auctioneer James Lewis will be leading the auction at the Private View on Tuesday 11th November. Those who are not able to attend but would like to bid can do so on the night or beforehand at the dedicated online auction site http://bit.ly/wildworks.