Cross River Gorillas are shy inhabitants of densely vegetated tropical forests. Beautiful Nyango is living as an ambassador of her species in Limbe Wildlife Center, a primate rescue and rehabilitation facility in Cameroon. For myself, as an artist, to be able to study and sketch her in these local settings was awe-inspiring.
She truly is what her name Nyango implies, a Mother or Queen, well deserving this first ever portrait painting of her species. Often she is spotted sitting on a tree branch, staring at the mountains in the distance, as though yearning for a life and home not so far away. The call of the jungle?
The Cross River Gorilla is Africa’s most endangered primate and one of the world’s 25 most endangered primate species. There are currently just 250-300 individuals still present in the wild.
The Artists For Conservation Flag Expedition** we undertook to the highland rainforests of south west Cameroon, in November 2007, has been an amazing experience. It’s a true circle of life. Only by supporting the local people we can save the Cross River gorillas.
100% of funds raised through this painting will be used for field projects in South West Cameroon, including establishment of new protected areas, training of local wildlife rangers, as well as community development and education.
**The AFC Flag Expeditions Program is a unique program established and operated by the Artists For Conservation Foundation™ (AFC), making possible the artistic field study and rendering of species or habitats deserving of greater public attention. There is a strong emphasis on the study of unique, threatened habitats, and rare or endangered species in remote parts of the world.
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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