Bonobo: Africa Revisited. Acrylic on Canvas by Loretta Kaufman. All Rights Reserved. Africa Revisited was inspired by numerous media reports of wildlife trafficking and poaching in Africa. The series pulls together images from the years Kaufman lived in southern Africa and to explore a line between representation and abstraction. The acrylic paintings aim to raise the awareness of Africa's diminishing wildlife population and draw attention to the disappearance of keystone species.
Working on the paintings during 2014 and 2015 was not only draining but satisfying at the same time. Ultimately I produced 21 canvases using red at the prominent color and wanting a lot of space, excitement and tension in the images. I also felt that by reducing the animals to bold simplified forms, eliminating perspective, light and shade was the way to get my message across. The animals are intentionally painted out of all canvases to draw attention to the disappearance of keystone species.
See more of Loretta's work at www.lorettaanakaufman.artweb.com
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