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Painting: Acrylic, Paint on Canvas.
This orangutan is the fifth in the series ‘Animals are Wild’.
The Orangutan is threatened in its existence. I made this painting as an ode to these fantastic animals. The Orangutans share 97% of our DNA. It is fascinating and moving and often very funny to see their behavior and the many facial expressions they have. We recognize ourselves in these animals.
I’m also concerned about their existence, and hope orangutans will be on the planet for ever.
This painting contains of many layers and in the process I ordened more and more to emphasize the message: they are in danger. At the same time, I wish to show their beauty in an esthetic painting, so I used outlines to ‘protect’ them and playful dripping techniques.
I am fascinated by wild animals, how they walk, look, the instinct and the wisdom they have. I like to watch images, photos and especially films in which you learn a lot about them and experience the beauty. It is frightening that some animals are threatened. I pay tribute to animals in a series of paintings. Not in a literal, realistic way, but I give a personal interpretation. I show the feeling, pleasure and versatility that the animals give me through my own 'instinct': painting with smooth brush strokes and special color combinations.
The painting is made on a high quality linen. The frame of the painting is very solid and made of aluminium, the sides are painted in a neutral grey colour. The painting has a direct, vivid expression and has lots of structure, layers and texture. The painting is finished with a satin varnish.
Please watch the youtube video about this work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XLLlZAIxE0