Life Size Big Tusker Painting For Sale
Large percentage of proceeds pledged to elephant conservation
Jonathan Truss is deeply concerned about the plight of elephants, so many times the subject of his paintings, but in his latest he has attempted a world first - to paint a life sized "Big Tusker" elephant on canvas! This unique painting is now on sale, and the artist is accepting offers directly via his website.
He recently completed the painting, titled 'Tusker's Last Stand' and is using it to raise funds and awareness for elephant conservation. "Big Tusker" is a term for mature bull elephants with tusks so long they almost touch the ground. By some estimates, as few as 30 Big Tuskers may remain today, and conservation scientists are warning that it is conceivable that there may be none remaining within a human generation.
"In the time it's taken me to paint this painting 2,500 elephants will have been killed by poachers. Last year it is estimated that more than 30,000 elephants were poached illegally. That means one elephant is killed every 15 minutes!! Killed for their tusks, which are traded to make jewellery, religious sculptures and other trinkets which are very popular in China and the Far East. The ivory belongs to the elephants not us!! I am determined to make even a small difference and so am creating for the first time a life size painting of a huge African Big Tusker - head on!! A tusker is classed by having tusks weighing over 100Ibs each. I want the person stood in front of it to really feel the awe of the tusker right there in front of them that they can almost 'taste the dust'! Sadly with just 30 or so left that'll be something few people will ever get to experience in reality. Poignantly the elephant I chose to paint was called Satao, he was Kenya's most famous and largest elephant killed by a poachers arrow in 2014. When you look at the terrible picture of Satao when he was found and look at my painting of how he'd have looked in all his magnificence it just brings home what man has done and is doing to these extraordinarily wonderful creatures." - Jonathan Truss
Jonathan says he's very excited about what he can achieve and will be donating a percentage of the sale of the painting to provide significant financial assistance to the Tsavo Trust who are tackling the problems head on.
Tsavo Trust is extremely grateful to Jonathan for the awareness he continues to raise through his art, and his very generous pledge to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this painting to Tsavo Trust and other wildlife charities involved in elephant conservation.
If you are interested in placing a bid and/or wish to make an appointment to see ‘Tusker’s Last Stand’ Jonathan’s Life Size Elephant Painting please contact Jonathan via his website.
A bit about Jonathan
Establishing himself internationally as a leading wildlife artiste, Joanthan's painting hang in collections around the world. He has had countless exhibitions including New York, London, LA and Kenya and as a featured artist with P&O and Cunard Cruises since 2011.
Previously a professional musician, actor and cabaret artiste, during his art career he has been signed to leading fine art publishers in the UK. Twice winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year - Frozen Planet category. Artist and Illustrator of the Year finalist and editors' choice winner for Wildscape magazine. He was a DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year finalist four years in a row.