AFRICAN    ART
By Eugene Du Plessis
Description

The Bushmen/San were the original inhabitants of Southern Africa and are commonly known as Bushmen or San.
They were hunter-gatherers, hunting with bows and arrows, trapping small animals and eating edible roots and berries. They lived in rock shelters, in the open or in crude shelters of twigs and grass or animal skins. They made no pottery, rather using ostrich eggshells or animal parts for storing and holding liquids. For these reasons, animals and nature are central features in the Bushmen's religious tradition, folklore, art and rituals

The San bushman in this piece portrays both their kindly, smiling nature, their dedication, and patient persistence in hunting and gathering.
He is my first 'human' piece, and to me as important ,in the preservation and respect of their livelihood ,as all the animals with which they share their world.



Measurements:
Without Frame: 60 cm  X 45 cm
( 23.6 in X 17.7 in)

Price:  $1,400
(No frame offered)
BUSHMAN -  On the Hunt
A-13 :
Description

The African elephant is the largest living land animal on earth. It has recently been said that they are also one of the most intelligent due to their incredibly large brains. The elephant matriarch leads her troop to water holes, which they will memorize for the future. They have an incredible capacity for storing information, and do justice to the expression "a memory like an elephant."

"To me the elephant  embodies an ancient wisdom and a kind hearted soul. Their gentle eyes speaks of an inner strength and knowledge that I hoped to capture in this piece.

Measurements:
Without Frame: 90 cm X 122 cm ( 35.5 in X 48 in)
With Frame: 105 cm X 138 cm (41.3 in X 54.3 in)

Price:
$1,800 With Frame
$1,500 Without
ELEPHANT - Wise Old Soul
A-04
CHEETAHS -  Distant Watchers
A-10
Description

The cheetah is not only the fastest land animal, but an incredibly patient hunter. Unlike the lion, it has to rely on it's short allowance of speed versus its strength to capture its prey.

The cheetah is a rather curious feline. The smallest movement can capture their interest, and hold their undivided attention, just as this piece does for me.


Measurements:
Without Frame: 90 cm  X 60 cm ( 35.5 in X 23. in)
With Frame: 98 cm X 68 cm ( 38.6 X 26.8 in)

Price:
$1,600 With Frame
$1,400 Without
LEOPARD - Out On a Limb
A-02
Description

The smallest of the four "big cats" the leopard has recently been downgraded to "near threatened" status due to its deteriorating environment. The leopard is  commonly known as a versatile hunter in the wild and easily adapts to new habitats.

"My cat Charlie was a big inspiration in capturing the leopard's laid-back look in this piece. The sheer peaceful, contentment is evident in in every aspect of this leopard."

Measurements
Without Frame: 90 cm X 60 cm
( 35.5 in X 23.5 in)
With Frame: 100 cm X 70 cm
(39.4 in X 27.
6 in)

Price:
$1,400 With Frame
$1,200 Without Frame
Description

Elephant cows are truly motherly. They spend hours with their calves. In a typical herd, several cows will occupy themselves with rearing and safety of the herd calves.

"I was really happy to work on this piece. The bond between cow and calf is a very special thing, and I endeavored to reserve these moments between them, which will shape their future forever."

Measurements:
Without Frame: 90 cm  X 60 cm
( 35.5 in X 23. in)
(Availabe unframed only)

Price:
$1,400
ELEPHANTS - Future Shadows
A-11
ZEBRA - Baby In Stripes
A - 08
Description

Zebras are African equids, which while closely related to horses, were never fully domesticated. They are very social creatures, but sadly are widely hunted for their  uniquely striped skins, and if not carefully monitored, they too, may one day be extinct like their  cousins, the quaggas.

"I crafted the baby zebra in this piece to embody new life, a new beginning, and hopefully a future in which these beautiful animals may continue to run free on the African plains."


Measurements
Without Frame: 90 cm X 122 cm ( 35.5 in X 48 in)
With Frame: 105 cm X 138 cm (41.3 in X 54.3 in)


PRICE
US $1,800 - With Frame
US $1,500 - Without Frame
Description
Zebras are African equids, which while closely related to horses, were never fully domesticated. They are very social creatures, but sadly are widely hunted for their  uniquely striped skins, and if not carefully monitored, they too, may one day be extinct like their  cousins, the quaggas.

"This piece was the first panoramic in the series, and it depicts a family of zebras gathered at a watering hole at the end of the day, was greatly inspired by memories of my own family get togethers. "

Measurements:
Unframed: 91 cm  X 42 cm ( 36 in X16.5 in) No Frame Offered

PRICE
US $1,400 - Without Frame
ZEBRAS - Family Gathering
A - 12

KUDU - African Sunset
A - 05
Description

The Greater Kudu is sparsely found throughout eastern and southern Africa. The male's horns, were they to be straightened, would reach an average of a meter  (3.8 ft) in length.


"The wood I used for this piece captures the exact lines and shades that I love about an African sunset. The kudu was such a perfect subject for this board, just as I remember seeing them on the Kruger plains."


Measurements
Without Frame: 122 cm X 60 cm (48 in X 23.5 in )
Only Available Unframed

Price:
US $1,200 Without Frame
WILDEBEEST - Running Wild
A - 06
Description

The wildebeest, also known as gnus,   stampede across the African plains in a carefully orchestrated unit to avoid predators and trample threats to their tight-knit herd.  More recently scientists have been stunned to discover that wildebeest take turns standing watch at night against predators.

"It was very important for me to portray the wildebeest here, in action - running wild across the plains - as they are most known for."

Measurements
Without Frame: 60 cm X 90 cm (23.5 in
X 35.5 in)Available Unframed

Price:
US $ 1,200 Without Frame
GIRAFFE - Out of Reach
A - 09
Description

The Giraffe is the tallest land animal. Though the average height is 14ft (3.5m) to 17ft (5.2m) tall, the tallest one ever recorded stood a whopping 20ft (6m). Giraffes prefer the savannas and grassland, and can be found from central to South Africa. When at water holes, giraffes consume large quantities of water to enable them to survive for extended periods of time in drier places.

"The giraffe is such a docile, sweet animal. What fascinates, I think, everyone about the giraffe is its exceptionally long neck. For me however, their eyes and eyelashes capture my attention. They always remind me of a girl batting her eyelashes in a flirtatious manner, and it makes me smile."

Measurements:
Without Frame: 120 cm X 60 cm (48 in X 23.5 in )
With Frame: 128 cm X 68 cm (52.5 in X 28 in)

PRICE:
US $1,400- With Frame
US $1,200- Without Frame
LION -  On the Prowl
A-03
Description

The African male lion, often referred to as the "king of the jungle" is the second largest of the four big cats. He is typically social, and leaves most of the preying to the females. Sadly, lions are a vulnerable species and have seen a 50% decline in their number in the past two decades.

"The male lion may not be the hunter of the pride, but there is no doubt that he is the defender. This piece captures the African lion prowling for potential threats to his pride. His confidence and calm assurance makes him a force to be reckoned with."

Measurements:
Without Frame: 90 cm X 122 cm ( 35.5 in X 48 in)
With Frame: 105 cm X 138 cm (41.3 in X 54.3 in)

PRICE:
US $1,800 - With Frame
US $1,500 - Without Frame