“The Painted Wolf”

For a number of years now, I have been intrigued by Lycaon pictus – not a dog, not a wolf, not a hyena – but a very special creature. Known as the wild dog, Cape hunting dog, African hunting dog and painted dog and also known as the painted wolf – which is he nearest translation to her scientific name. As a species they used to be evident in most parts of Africa, but more recently packs have been reduced to around 6 500.

As an artist I do not think deeply about my subjects, only that I am in love with animals and especially those which are endangered. Wild dogs kept appearing in my sketches and searches for subject matter to print. What I love most about these enigmatic creatures is their sense of family and community as well as being delightful and gentle. I could go on and on, but there are places where you can read about them which

A lack of understanding by farmers and land owners, of these beautiful dogs, has led to a war with man, leading to their near extinction. It’s a testament to their resilience, tenacity and strength that they are alive today.

In 2019 I had a solo exhibition in conjunction with The Real McKay – a space in Linden, Johannesburg. I made contact with The Painted Wolf Foundation https://paintedwolf.org/ and asked them to be part of the exhibition.

Please have a look at what they do for these wonderful creatures and donate to the worthy cause of keeping them from extinction.

“The Painted Wolf” Exhibition

Solo Exhibition

add some pictures of the night here

Dates: 14th – 30th November 2019

Published by Beth McAlpine

Print & Fine Artist

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