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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.

 

Chris Recieves an Australian Day Achievement Award in Hay 2011

Chris receiving his Australia Day Achievement Award
Chris receiving his Australia Day Achievement Award

 Below is the Citation on the Australia Day.

Chris is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and one of the best wildlife artists in the world. Chris is a very modest man who never talks about his achievements. His work is seen in galleries around the world and is much sort after, particularly his African scenes. Chris has a long list of achievements to his name and in November 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists in Melbourne.

Chris makes time to pass on his knowledge by teaching younger members of Hay and he is a volunteer Tai Chi instructor particularly concentrating on those older members of our community who need this skill to strengthen their balance.

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