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The Blacktip reef shark
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The Blacktip reef shark Drawing

Tom Van Herrewege

United Kingdom


Size: 35 W x 29 H x 1.5 D in

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I make figurative, realist drawings of animals. I spend hours working on a detailed drawing of an individual animal, and when I feel it is finished, I then erase away part or all the drawing to show how close the animal is to extinction. So, the closer the individual animal depicted on the card is to extinction, the more of its image is erased away. The actual erasing process is done through a variety of media and techniques on varying materials, including sanded away wooden panels, rubbed out images on canvas and washed away ink drawings. I aim to make the partially remaining drawings to be both beautiful yet alarming to the viewer.

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Drawing:Graphite on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:35 W x 29 H x 1.5 D in

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My work is inspired by my curiosity of the incredible diversity within the animal kingdom and mankind’s interpretation of this across the world. I am interested in how animals have evolved into what they are and the beauty and variety across this spectrum. Yet it is also how people have perceived them throughout history and the consequential impact that we have on them. It is how we understand them, categorize them, create ideas around them, worship and demonize them, utilize them, and many other ways in how humanity makes sense out of animals. Previous projects have taken me to places across the world to understand closer these unique perceptions of wild animals within their own environments. This ranges from the indigenous people and settlers that share these places to working with institutions within the field of natural history. In recent years, my message and what I am trying to communicate within my work has grown more and more towards raising awareness of the developing extinction crisis and the importance of addressing this.

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