African elephants embody the very essence and wonder of the African wilderness. Gentle and intelligent giants, with a rich family life, seeming to direct us to a long lost past when great beasts once roamed our earth in forgotten eons. Their presence is a rich inheritance that we can enjoy on our incredibly diverse planet. I have painted this intimate, intense portrait of an African elephant, covered with the glowing red dust of the Northern Tanzanian savanna, to portray their plight. Unhurriedly chewing grass in a dreamy, contemplative pace in warm late afternoon light. Chewing over the ‘blind people and the elephant’? How dreadful to even consider these magnificent creatures as an endangered species. A great joy to paint in the crevasses and shadows of the elephant’s face, mixing it all with a dusty feel. Painting in acrylics allows me to breath life into the work with drying time allowing instant focus on my next stroke of the brush, without loosing the power of ‘the flow’.
Daniel Taylor is one of the very few artists in the world who masters High Realist painting in acrylic. He is internationally renowned for his expressive portraits and wildlife art. His paintings are built up in a series of subtle layers, making them breathtakingly realistic and giving the impression of the paintings coming alive. As one of the founders of ‘ArtSavingWildlife’ (2004) Daniel Taylor is working closely together with the ‘African Conservation Foundation’. He provides ongoing support through local, national and international art and fundraising events.
Living and having raised his family in the interior of British Columbia, Canada, Daniel has been perfecting his technique for well over 40 years. This wilderness setting with its abundant wildlife has been a source of great inspiration. His works express not only what he sees, but how well he observes. Meant to push both the artist and then the viewer towards a perception of life at a deeper level. Daniel’s paintings translate the profound honour and respect he feels when painting his subjects.
For the past 20 years, Daniel Taylor has exhibited his work all over the world, from museums and galleries to great ape programs raising awareness in the Lebialem Highlands of South West Cameroon.
A permanent exhibition of his art is on display in the ‘John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’, Washington DC. Daniel’s paintings may also be found in both private and public collections internationally.
Over the years, Daniel’s work has been featured within many wildlife and art magazines. He has been selected for one of the ‘Artists for Conservation’s’ Flagship Expeditions. His painting of the ‘Mountain Gorilla’ has won an Honorable Mention in the wildlife category of one of the leading US magazines, ‘The Artist’s Magazine’ He was also a featured Artist in ‘Wildlife Art Magazine’, the ‘International Artist Magazine’,’Western & Wildlife Art Magazine’ and so many more. Recently Daniel’s art was featured in ‘Leisure Painter’, ‘Art Of England’, ‘Artists and Illustrators’ as well as in ‘The Artist’ and ‘Arabella’ magazines.
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