Artist Dan Pearce's new exhibition, 'Endangered', featuring wildlife in danger of extiction , is opening at Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead, London on 28 June and will run until 12 July.
The show, in partnership with charity International Animal Rescue (IAR), will show contemporary mixed media artist Dan Pearce's new wildlife series, focusing on endangered animals.
Four of the pieces feature apes, a decision which Dan hopes will educate people about how rapidly these animals are heading towards extinction.
Both the Sumatran and Bornean orangutans feature in the series, with the Sumatran being the second most endangered ape in the world with an only 14,600 individuals remaining.
Both species are now considered ‘critically endangered’ as hunting, killing, rapid logging of rainforests and harvesting of palm oil is destroying their habitats.
The exhibition will also feature animals including African lions, Grevy’s zebra, snow leopard, Siberian tiger, Asian elephant, giant panda and 'Sudan' the last of the northern white rhinos.
Pearce is known for his portraits of iconic celebrities such as David Bowie, Blondie and Audrey Hepburn.
His signature artistic style utilises spray paint, aluminium and resin and for this collection he has introduced the use of shattered glass to symbolise the fragile future of these endangered animals.
Dan comments: “The process was experimental, defining a process on each animal I created. I built up the glass layers, added spray paint, inks and set the mixed media in place using resin, as well as introducing materials like diamond dust and gold leaf.”
The artwork is on sale, priced at £1995 each, with 20% of each purchase donated to International Animal Rescue.
In addition to the wildlife portraits, Dan has also created 20 'Endangered' champagne bottles worth £95 each.
These bottles feature orangutans, pandas, lions and elephants, and will be given as a complimentary gift with every original piece purchased. They can also be bought separately.
Founded in 1989, International Animal Rescue is an incredible UK based charity close to Dan’s heart dedicated to saving animals from suffering around the world. Its primary focus is to save critically endangered orangutans from extinction and to protect the rainforests they live in.
IAR rescues and rehabilitates baby and adult orangutans, with the goal to release them back into their natural habitat. However, any animals that can't fend for themselves are given a permanent home at IAR’s rescue centre in Borneo.
Pearce said: “I’ve always enjoyed painting iconic portraits but for 2018 I wanted to set myself a new challenge. I am a huge wildlife fan and was really influenced by Blue Planet II which inspired me to create this new wildlife series.
“With a new challenge came a new process and new materials. I learned to hand cut glass to help define the shape of the animal and smash glass to give it a texture by adding the shards.”
The exhibition will be running at Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead 28 June - 12 July.