NWF106"What Nest?" by Alan Hunt|
Limited Edition Photo Lithograph-MATTED
Edition Size - 950
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HISTORY & BACKGROUND
“As a wildlife artist and conservationist, I have grave concerns for the environment and believe it needs as much support as I can possibly give, whether financially or as a spokesman.
“I share these convictions with many like-minded people around the world – but over the years, I have come to realise that the ‘major powers’ of this world are determined to destroy all life either directly or indirectly! Selling armaments indiscriminately, and hence fuelling wars, may reduce or control a small proportion of the world’s population, but wars are disastrous for the environment.
“Wars hit third-world countries hardest, making them poorer and this in turn increases the misuse of the environment, as its easier and cheaper to cut and burn forests and kill all wildlife than to manage the land well for future generations. We need farming expertise and equipment not weaponry!
We must protect this planet, its wildlife and the environment that we are now an integral part of”.
"Born in Glasgow in 1958, my childhood was surrounded by the new confidence and optimism of 60s Britain. Carnaby Street, the Beatles and jobs for everyone! I was constantly exposed to new ideas, sounds and fashions. Everyone was encouraged to let their imagination run free. From a young age I immersed myself in art.Many years working on commercial material did not erode my passion for fine art.
In every day situations I tend to take mental snapshots of inanimate and animate subjects. It might be a knowing glance between two people or a reaction to a surprise. I have frequent brainstorming sessions, often with a glass of red wine in my hand – it is amazing how many of these snapshots then resurface for use in my sketches! My work combines the real and the imaginary and this is reflected in the finished pieces. My early inspirations are wide and varied, from seeing the Yellow Submarine animation as a child, to reading about Leonardo Da Vinci at school."