Animals are valued for many of their qualities. It can be fur or meat, they make life cozy and even treat. But there are talents in animals, which people do not even suspect. In particular, it is about creativity.
There are many animal artists in the world who create their own paintings. But this is a reflection of their inner and hidden world. Not surprisingly, such paintings are worth a lot. Let’s talk about the most famous artists of the animal world.
Wild boar of Smithfield.
The works of this artist are sold for 50-150 dollars. The future genius of painting was born in the city of Richmond, Virginia. There the boar Smithfield for his talents received the nickname Pig-casso. The first part of the nickname means “pig”, and the second is part of the name of the famous Picasso. The owner of the grunting artist is Fran Martin. It was she who quickly taught her curious pet to keep a brush in her mouth and paint it on the canvas. The woman claims that Smithfield has his favorite color – blue. It is his pig who chooses most often for drawing. Only scientists say that pigs do not know how to distinguish colors. A talented painter quickly became popular. Smithfield was often invited to major fairs and charity events. Animal artist even was honored to perform at the Oprah Winfrey show. The prudent hostess taught her pet to smile charmingly and pose before television cameras. The pig of the public is not at all embarrassed, basking in universal love and attention. In 2003, the artist fell ill. The doctors diagnosed him with a nose cancer, in this case – a patch. Smithfield was forced to go through a course of chemotherapy, to withstand several surgeries. The disease receded, but now the pig became even more like Van Gogh. After all, if he lost part of the ear, then the animal lost part of the patch.
Paintings of this artist yet have no price, because they are simply not sold. And it all started with the fact that the inhabitant of Oregon, Angela Goodwin from the shelter for abandoned animals, took to her for the education of the anteater Stew. The woman loved these animals. In her house already lived a female anteater Pois. However, unlike the born in Florida Stewie, his girlfriend was born outside the US, in Guyana. The new inhabitant of the house quickly settled in his new home. Anteater learned to open nightstands and cabinets, began to climb into the drawers of the table, ride on the doors of the refrigerator. The hostess taught her pet simple, but funny things. The anteater has learned to stand and walk on his hind legs, he waves goodbye, loves to kiss and even eat with a spoon. And after that Stuy mastered the brush. The hostess hoped that drawing would bring him pleasure. After all, the brain must be loaded with something else, besides endless pranks. And let the work of the anteater look rather amateur in comparison with his fellow animals. Still, there was a hope that in time Stewie would sharpen his skills. However, it will not be possible to find out for sure, since the anteater died in 2008 from autoimmune disease.
Experts say that this monkey is the most famous painter of all animals. And its pictures cost from 900 to 8500 dollars. So, in 2005, three pictures of chimpanzees were sold at Bonhams auction for an impressive amount of 14,400 pounds. But this artist did not see this triumph of his own. The monkey died in 1964, having lived 10 years. But the glory went to the Congo and during her life. It is said that Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró admired the talents of the monkey-painter. And the ability to create chimpanzees thanks to zoologists was discovered. They gave the monkey a piece of paper and a pencil. Soon it turned out that Congo draws circles well and even understands the principles of composition. But the painter’s ape fell in love not immediately. At first she simply sprayed them on the canvas. It took two years of hard training, while Congo learned to properly hold a brush in his hand and mix colors.It is interesting that the artist always drew within the sheet, without crossing its boundaries. Congo understood everything when to do the last stroke and stop. In 1957 the first exhibition of the artist’s works took place, it aroused great interest among the public. In total for the life this talented painter has created more than 400 pictures and drawings. In his last years he was so used to the art of art that he started hysterics when he took paper and paint.
These animals are engaged in painting in Thailand, and pictures of giants cost from 200 to 12 thousand dollars. Back in the late 90s a whole project was launched, which aimed not only to protect elephants in Asia, but also to attach them to creativity. The creative association “Komar and Melamid” came up with such a program. It was headed by American artists of Russian origin Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid. They came up with an unusual program that would allow elephants to learn how to draw. With it, they went to Thailand. After all, new skills would give the animals a second chance. After all, many elephants simply left without work after entering quotas for deforestation. This program quickly expanded. Today it operates not only in Thailand, but also in Cambodia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Elephants are placed in a large camp near the forest or directly in it. Animals draw in different styles. Some people like abstractions, and someone can very accurately portray a bouquet of flowers or a tree. There are also elephants who draw self-portraits. Animals are even brought to nature, giving them the opportunity to paint from nature. The project has its own official website, where you can buy works of animal artists. In this case, the buyer along with the picture is given also a certificate of its authenticity, as well as a biography of the creator of this creation.
In the zoo in Phoenix, Arizona, visitors have their own favorite. Meet the odeol Padfoot. In the natural environment, he lives in Latin America. It is so rare an animal that it is little in what zoos. The local character is unique doubly. After all, this animal has the gift of painting. This talent in Padfoot was discovered by menageries in 2004. Then the big cat just got into bondage and was very bored with freedom. The rangers originally decided to entertain the ocelot. The canvas was attached to the wall, then several colorful strokes were made on it. It was very interesting for the animal. Padfoot began to approach the paper more and more, then began rubbing his neck, his head, and then with his whole body. This technique of painting for cats-artists is quite unusual, because they usually use the most convenient means for this – their front paws. Experts say that domestic cats prefer to draw more than wild cats. The phenomenon of love for painting in these animals originated in ancient Egypt. It is said that about ten years ago an ancient burial was discovered, in which a papyrus with a footprint of a cat’s crotch was found. And in 1994 the light saw a humorous book “Why do cats draw?”. There, the author gaily discuss what motivates these pets to paint. In the book you can find descriptions of the main techniques and styles that artists prefer. Part of the text is given to biographies of the most famous cats-artists. True, Padfoot did not find a place, his phenomenon was discovered later. Today, the talented ocelot continues to please its fans with new works distributed on online auctions.
This horse received its nickname in honor of one of the varieties of cactus. The fact is that on the ranch, where the mustang was born, the animal was brought up by cowboys. At the same time they did not shun and harsh methods. Over time, Choya succeeded the owner, it was the ballerina René Chambers. The woman found that her pet was injured mentally and physically. A patient mistress for several years sought the trust of her pet.As a result, he so fell in love with Renee, who began to follow her everywhere. The love of painting from a horse was discovered by chance. In April 2004, the mistress painted the fence, and Choia was next, as usual. Renee remembered that her pet loves to take different things in the teeth. So she decided to see what the mustang will do with the brush. The woman attached a paper to the fence, dipped the brush into the paint and brought it closer to the animal’s head. Since then, Choya began his career as a painter. The work of the animal was exhibited not only in the USA. Pictures were bought in other countries. And for Choya itself painting has become not just a favorite hobby. Drawing has brought a therapeutic effect. As a result of his new occupation, the horse completely forgot about its cruel past. According to scientists Choya draws not because he was taught this, but absolutely spontaneously. Paintings of the same animal-artist are sold at a price of 900 to 10 thousand dollars.
Tortoise of the Cup.
The artist’s paintings can be bought for 125-200 dollars. Mistress of the same turtle is an eccentric artist from the US Cyrus Ein Varsedzhi. She herself is quite famous for writing canvases with her bare chest. Apparently, there is no limit to eccentricity. Once the artist decided to attach her pet to the work. The path from a normally land tortoise to a world-famous artist took just a few months. Today there are paintings of the Kupa in every American state, there are works in Belgium, Holland, Italy, England, Germany, Australia, Canada and Bahrain. To the honor of the hostess, I must say that part of the proceeds from the sale of paintings of her pet, given to charitable organizations that save turtles. Itself Kupa draw, which is understandable, can not. Kira Ann helps him. She squeezes paint from the tubes on a thick cardboard. And then the turtle crawls there, smearing the colors on the paper with its belly. So we get original paintings made in the style of abstract expressionism. Loud names are invented by the hostess – “Symphony”, “Energy”, “Difficulties of translation”. It took the tortoise and her mistress five years to create more than 800 paintings. They are created quite quickly – for each Kupa spends only about 20 minutes.
It is one of the oldest animal artists in the world. Chita is a sturdy male, who was already 75 years old. Today, his paintings are worth at least $ 135. Originally, the monkey was called Jiggs. However, in the 1930-1940s, the chimpanzee starred in the movies in the films about Tarzan. On the screen, the animal embodied the role of the girlfriend of the protagonist, the monkey of Chita. This name and then stuck to Jiggs. In 1967 the film career of the animal ended. The actor’s pension was held in the villa of Dan Westfal, in California. There existed a kind of retirement home for those retired monkeys-stars of show business. To help such private ownership of Westfall help the animals themselves. After all, Chita, along with his grandson Jeter, draw good pictures. These works were even exhibited at the National Museum of London. In 2008, even the “autobiography” of the movie star with an unpretentious title “I, Chita” saw the light. True, the name of this author was removed from the cover. The guardians of the animal joke that Chita is so talented that he could write this book himself. During her long life the monkey not only learned to draw, but also fell in love with hamburgers with Coca-Cola, learned and smoke. Not so long ago, Chita found diabetes. Now the guardian keeps his main pet on the strictest diet.
Afalina Argas, Gabia and Gloria.
Everyone has known for a long time that dolphins are notable for their intelligence among other mammals. These marine animals are very fond of creating. Artists among them – a common phenomenon. However, some dolphins in this field are also achieving success. A living example are the bottlenose dolphins Argas, Gabia and Gloria. They live in Klaipeda, in the dolphinarium of the Maritime Museum of Lithuania. And they draw with the help of their coach. A man holds a palette and a rigid substrate with paper on it.The dolphin himself chooses the color of the paint. The animal dunks a brush and causes very chaotic brushstrokes on paper. Curiously, each dolphin has its own technique. As a result, the viewer can easily recognize which of the animals, which picture was drawn. The leader of the pack is Argas. He often chooses bright colors, carrying out wide and confident strokes. Gloria makes lighter and airy pictures. But Gabia became famous for her special skills and live works. The works of this trinity were presented at the exhibition “Messages of Water”, held in 2010 in the Museum of the World Ocean of Kaliningrad. You can find pictures of these dolphins at any charity auction. They cost there from 40 to 3000 dollars. Similar sea animal-artists are also in the dolphinariums of Gurzuf and Ufa. And on the island of Key Largo, California in the Dolphinarium, anyone can take part in the creation of such a picture for $ 125. Jack Russell Terrier Tillamook Cheddar.
This artist can compete with people in his skill. This terrier responds better to Tilly’s nickname. He has more than twenty personal exhibitions on his account, not only in his homeland, in the US, but also in Europe. The dog was repeatedly invited to a popular TV show, he wrote about such authoritative publications as “The Guardian” and “Esquire”. And in 2006, the light saw the biography of Tilly, in which the entire creative path of the animal is narrated. The author of the book was the owner of the dog, the writer Bowman Hastia the third. True, this person modestly calls himself only an assistant to his pet. Indeed, without help from outside Tilly can not do. His paintings the artist writes on special canvases. In order to make it, take a sheet of carbon paper and fix it on a sheet of watercolor. Then the workpiece is wrapped with a protective film. It protects the picture from destruction by the dog. After all, that when drawing brushes does not use. The main tool is teeth and claws. The dog scratches and bites the top layer of the workpiece. And with the help of a copy on the watercolor paper there are prints. So we get pictures-lithographs. Their cost is quite high and ranges from one to two thousand dollars. In 2005 the dog-artist left the offspring. However, the love of painting was not transferred to any of the heirs. The mistress of the same Tilly argues that in her pet the craving for drawing appeared at the age of six months.