Peter Vos

“Heart of Darkness” oil paintings series by a Utrecht, The Netherlands based artist Peter Vos (born 1975). “Following his panoramic mountain landscapes characterised by disconnection and coolness, and thereby representing a natural purity, the recent subjects of Peter Vos are closer to home and literally within arm’s reach. The animal portraits form a technical challenge due to their wonderful variety in coats, feathers and forms. But Vos also has the possibility to zoom in on the material and to lay bare the smallest of details. The precise painting of portraits of young and fully grown animals results in Vos’ case automatically in an intimate and claustrophobic atmosphere.” — MV LevievanderMeer
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Wang Ruilin

Horses, whales, yak, rhino and crocodile sculptures by Wang Ruilin (born 1985) – Chinese artist based in Beijing. “These works are the denial of our current world and a depiction of an ideal one. I oppose the self-centeredness of human beings and the ruthless exploitation of other species and natural resources. I seek harmony with the nature. Nature’s greatness lies in her inclusion of everything on earth, while man’s greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness. To find conformity to nature is my life attitude.” – quote by Wang Ruilin

Josh Keyes

Inspired by 18th and 19th-century aesthetics and philosophy, Josh Keyes paints animals in a style reminiscent of anatomical diagrams. His work is characterized by an attention to detail and to physiological accuracy. Keyes, however, does not place his animal subjects in their natural settings; rather, they are often in peril, displaced from their natural ecosystems into dioramic fantastical situations. These landscapes are frequently isolated and contain an incompatible mix of the natural and manmade. Keyes acknowledges that themes of migration and displacement frequently feature into his work as a form of his preoccupation with global climate change and the human impact on nature. — quote from Josh’s website.