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Art-E-Facts Youtube featuring Chris McClelland in his Studio

Please enjoy seeing Chris in his Studio – Chris McClelland Gallery, 84 Lachlan Street, Hay NSW

Spencer McGill from South West Arts based in Deniliquin came and interviewed Chris in his Studio

South West Arts Inc – Developing Arts and Culture across the South West of NSW


The Matriarch and Son

Matriarch & Son

The Matriarch and Son drawn by Chris with Graphite pencils.  I am sorry but the drawing will become very long when published, it is usually wider.

“I did this drawing for a special cousin who, when hearing that I was now drawing elephants, said she would love to have a sketch of an African elephant and calf.”
We went into a Limited Edition Reproduction Prints and the edition has now been sold out.  The only way to buy a print now is from a private collector.
This is the second African drawing after our trip to Africa in 1994 the passion continues 21 years later!  I will gradually re introduce Chris’s drawings to you.  He only draws about 4 to 5 drawings a year.  Please come and visit Chris in his Chris McClelland Gallery, 84 Lachlan Street, Hay, NSW Australia.  You will catch him drawing or teaching others to draw.

Chris is the “Artist of the Day”

Don't You Dare!!

Don’t You Dare!!

Chris has been a member of the Artists for conservation for a number of years.    http://www.natureartists.com   Artists for Conservation – Nature Art – Wildlife Art – Conservation.    The Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the Foundation represents the world’s leading collective of artists focused on nature and wildlife, with a membership spanning five continents and twenty-seven countries. The organization’s mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage.

A Formidable Display

A Formidable Display of Hippos fighting

“A Formidable Display” is now on display  at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, USA for the Artist for Conservation exhibition.  It will be there until March.  It was in the AFC exhibition at Vancouver in Canada in September, 2014.  This drawing was a finalist in 2013  Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize in Adelaide. Also  the winner of the “Aniamls in Art” Exhibition held at the  Australian Guild of Realists Artists (AGRA) Gallery, Camberwell in Melbourne 2013.

Check out this web site  http://www.natureartists.com/   View Chris’s drawings on line today or else go to www.wildprints.com.au  ENJOY!!

Chris McClelland a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2013 in Adelaide


A Formidable Display

A Formidable Display of Hippos fighting

The most important thing with any drawing I do is to plan it well.  After all I may be spending the next 200-300 hours on it and every drawing I do goes to print upon completion.

While I always focus on one drawing at a time I do nevertheless plan the next one and may do a bit of a scribble on a piece of paper of a rough idea before developing it further with a more detailed sketch.

As far as my work is concerned detailed research of any proposed wildlife drawing is absolutely essential – you must know your subject and its natural surroundings well.  Many wildlife artists do not.

Fortunately I can draw on my knowledge of animal behaviour from countless trips to Africa observing them. Africa gave me the passion to draw – and the great advantage with its still bountiful and visible wildlife in places is that so much is known about each species through eager research.

As a wildlife artist I like to tell a story, maybe one of the many experiences or dangerous incidents that I have witnessed with wild animals such as a charging elephant, Painted hunting dogs attacking a persistent, and not easily persuaded hyaena or an awesome visit to a family of mountain gorillas on the fan-slopes of Mount Sabinyo in Zaire where I was grabbed by the silverback Marcel.


An original Chris McClelland Drawing won by a Hay man on Anzac Day 2013

Clive Davenport wins the original drawing of Those Marvellous Bl

Clive Davenport was presented with his new original drawing by Chris McClelland after his raffle ticket was drawn at the Hay Services Club.  Lurleen Mitchell (Treasurer), Chris McClelland (the artist), Jim Cooper (President),Clive Davenport (New owner of the drawing) and Patricia Boyd (Secretary) at Hay Services Club on Anzac Day 2013


“Those Marvelous Bloody Horses” original drawing was given to new owner on Anzac Day 2013.

The original drawing of “Those Marvelous Bloody Horses” was won on Anzac Day by Clive Davenport of Hay.

He came around to the Hay Services Club to be presented with the winning drawing.

Chris drew this drawing and gave it to the Hay Light Horse Memorial Association to raffle. This was to raise funds to help build a memorial for the Light Horse in Hay.  A large number of Hay men were in the Light Horse regiments.  They hope to have a memorial built in time for the Centenary of the
Battle of Beersheba on 31st October 2017.

A drawing with a message: Chris Awarded a prize at the Kenneth Jack Memorial Drawing Prize





Chris Awarded a prize at the Kenneth Jack Memorial Drawing Prize

This is the Message  that is in the drawing  of “Child of Tomorrow” by the Artist – Chris McClelland

 Each day dawns without  favour and every species takes it’s chances.  Our survival is not assured no matter what our faith.  We have reached  crisis point on this planet where we must first acknowledge then correct the unchecked growth of humanity whose spread and dependency, depletes and destroys an almost exhausted earth of its wildlife, forests, wilderness and once healthy waterways.  We may foolishly blame everything else to no avail.

The ‘child of tomorrow’ , whose so called primitive and simplistic society has learnt to live in harmony and spirit with Mother Earth may in the end by the only survivor to rebirth our species – but any wiser?

This drawing was given a Highly Commended Award at the Annual “Drawing: The Essential Art 2013 being held at the Australian Guild for Realist Artists Galleries Cnr Inglesby & Camberwell Roads Camberwell 324.  the Gallery is closed over Easter. Opens. Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm Saturday & Sunday 1 pm-4:30 pm

Chris puts a lot of thought into his drawing whether it is wildlife or people.  The drawings all tell a story.  check out our website    www.wildprints.com.au    for more drawings

Enjoy this one now


“Exuberance Of Youth” on display in Melbourne

"Exhuerance of Youth"   at the Australian Guild of Realist Artist' Gallerys at Camberwell

"Exhuerance of Youth" at AGRA Gallery Camberwell

“Exuberance of Youth” drawn by Chris McClelland is part of the Mortimore Travelling Art Prize Exhibition which has been touring the eastern states of Australia for the last year.
It is now on display at the Australian Guild of Realists Artist’s Gallery, 1 Inglesdy Road, Camberwell, Victoria until the 24th June.  It is worth taking time to see this drawing and many fine paintings by other artists on display.
Ph for the AGRA Gallery 03 9882 5859.

Exuberence of Youth – Mortimore Art Prize at Canberra Grammar

Part of Mortimore Art Prize
Exuberence of Youth

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

This magnificient drawing will be on show at Canberra Grammar
The 2011 Mortimore Prize tour continues with the opening at Canberra Grammar Saturday the 5th May at 3pm. Canberra Grammar, one of Australia’s premier private schools, is hosting Australia’s leading realism art event for the first time. Over the 2 weeks of the exhibition, Canberra’s art lovers are in for a treat. Gallery hours are 10am to 4pm Mon/Friday and 1pm to 4pm weekends.
for more information   www.australianartsales.com.au

f-11 Exhibition by Hay Shutterbugs long weekend in June

Image of the poster around Hay

f11 Exhibition In Hay by Hay Shutterbugs

Hay Shutterbugs camera club are putting on an exhibition called “fII Exhibition” at the old state Bank building in Lachlan Street in Hay over the three days of the long weekend 11th to 13th June 10am to 4pm.  Featured will be some of Doug Jones photos taken over the years.  He has been the Club’s mentor helping members understand light and giving them a lots of encouragement.  The other photographers are Tania Baker, Lhaurie Cox, Aileen Honeyman, Chloe Hwoard, Margie McClelland, Clarie McFarlane, Robyn O’Brien, Filomena Pingiaro, Lita Thronder and Lyn Wells.

Chris Talks on Richard Filder’s Conversation hour

Chris Talks with Richard Filder on his "Conversation Hour"

ABC Richard Filder with Chris

Chris was invited to talk on “Richard Filder’s Conversation Hour” on Local ABC  Radio 12 th April.  You might enjoy the interesting glimpse of Chris on this chat that went on for an hour. Please let us know your reaction to it as we like receivng feedback! Down load the podcast from here to hear the interview.
Chris with Richard Filder ABC Studios in Brisbane
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