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'The Color In Thai Festivals' Elephant Painting

Item # 37965
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Aet selects jewel-like tones to suggest the sheer delight of traditional Thai festivals. Bold, bright strokes move joyously across a lively composition.

Asian elephants are an endangered species. By making the Asian elephants' paintings widely accessible to the general public, NOVICA hopes to help increase awareness, encourage conservation, and raise significant funds to assist endangered elephants throughout Asia. For more information, please refer to the elephant's biography.

The reverse side of this original painting features the Elephant Conservation Center's seal of authenticity, as well as Aet's biographical information. It arrives unframed.

Please note: The elephants hold the paintbrush carefully, by the tip of their trunk - which is also the elephants' delicate nose area. Slight smudging, and an occasional water droplet here and there are to be expected on most elephant paintings. We like to consider that these imperfections add to the conversation value of each piece. Made in Thailand.

  • Arrives unframed
  • 31.9" W x 21.9" H
  • Weight: 0.3 lb
  • Acrylic on paper
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

Painted by a rescue elephant in a sanctuary that has been visited repeatedly by Novica staffers. Fifty percent of the money paid for this painting goes to the elephant sanctuary to improve the lives of the rescued endangered Asian elephants who live there.

Ships directly from our partner office in Thailand. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

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Artisan: Aet

Artisan Aet

Aet is male elephant from Thailand's Elephant Conservation Center. Rescued from the streets of Bangkok, he was the first (and only) elephant at the Center to execute closed circles, loops, and spirals on the canvas. Now he focuses primarily on arched movements. Aet counts among his collectors Leonardo DiCaprio, who purchased a painting at a charity fundraiser.

For centuries, elephants earned their keep by hauling trees for Asia's logging industry. Deforestation and logging restrictions led to massive unemployment for elephants, with the result that many, dependent on keepers who could no longer afford to care for them, simply died of neglect. The Asian elephant population dwindled, and these magnificent animals became an endangered species.

In 1998, searching for new ways to raise rescue funds and worldwide public awareness, elephant expert and author Richard Lair, advisor to the royal Thai Elephant Conservation Center, invited two media savvy, conceptual artists, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, to help him create a publicity campaign while training rescued Asian elephants to paint. Elephants naturally doodle on the ground with twigs and pebbles, a proclivity that might explain the ease with which they take to painting. Their work has been compared by some critics to that of such renowned artists as Jackson Pollock.

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