On Wednesday 27th June, 6.30-9pm Zebra One Gallery will be hosting ‘Endangered’ at The Gallery House, 19 Greek Street, Soho, the exciting new Black & White mixed media wildlife series, by artist Dan Pearce. Art lovers and animal lovers alike, are invited to attend this special exhibition where they will be able to meet Dan Pearce in person and view the new Black & White collection. Personal signed dedications by Dan Pearce, will be available for all originals purchased on the day.

The exhibition will support and help raise awareness for International Animal Rescue,  a charity that is close to Dan’s heart. At International Animal Rescue we do exactly what our name says – we save animals from suffering around the world. Our work includes cutting free and caring for dancing bears in India, rescuing primates from captivity in Indonesia and sterilising and vaccinating stray dogs and cats in developing countries.

WHY ENDANGERED?

2018 has seen an exciting new direction in subject matter, which explores the fragile nature of the world’s ecosystem, and the damaging impact mankind is having on our irreplaceable wildlife.

“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 the environmental message of Blue Planet II which inspired me to create a new wildlife series, titled ‘Endangered’. I wanted to focus on the beauty of these animals whilst raising awareness for the Endangered Species.”

Staying true to his love of colour and mixed media, Dan Pearce’s iconic style is still evident in his new animal series, ‘Endangered’. Spray paint, aluminium, and resin – the key ingredients to a Dan Pearce original – are all still there, with the new addition of shattered glass and glass shards; a parody that tragically echoes the fragile future of these incredible animals.

“With a new challenge came a new process and new materials. Initially I was creating digital prints of wildlife but then decided to take it one step further and use an iPad Pro and Apple pencil to sketch the animals. I learnt to hand cut glass to help define the shape of the animal and smash glass to give it a texture by adding glass shards. 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. I also introduced new materials like diamond dust and gold leaf.”

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