Layaway Days: Art collecting on a Budget
The advent of the Internet is one of the more polarizing issues that we, as a society, face on a daily basis. On the one hand, the world is at our fingertips – we can literally search and find answers to almost any question or query. On the other hand, we spend exorbitant amounts of time, entranced by our phones and tablets. Art collecting requires research…a ton of it. I find online forums very helpful. The main forums that I frequent include: Urban Art Association, Expresso Beans, and Not Banksy Forum. The information on art and art history that circulates around the forums is unparalleled. In the last 24 hours, I have discovered two new artists. The artist that I will be discussing in this post is Sonny Sundancer.
Sonny, born in the UK, currently calls South Africa, home. He is an indoor/outdoor artist, creating beautiful murals across the globe. As I mentioned in a previous article, my wife and I completed our Master of Science degrees in Primate Conservation. Animals, the environment, and human-wildlife conflict are issues that we are passionate about. While perusing Expresso Beans tonight, someone posted a photo of Sundancer’s ‘Kunga’.
Sundancer has created ‘To The Bone’, an art project focusing on endangered animals. He donates 10% of each artwork to IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), whose projects include: Russian Tiger and South Africa landscape work. Sundancer states, “The paintings show the animals’ faces breaking away to reveal the raw skeletons underneath, symbolic of how these beautiful creatures are quickly fading away. Tribal patterns from the animals’ country of origin adorn the exposed bones, driving home the message that in losing them we’re losing a part of our heritage too.”
‘Kunga’ is a hand-finished giclee print that is priced at 450GBP ($585). The edition of 50 is signed and numbered by the artist. Since this is an affordable art blog, I try to keep pieces under $500. If you consider that 10% goes to charity, we are only off by about $30.
I commend Sonny’s efforts and I hope to pick up a print, very soon (I’ll be saving, myself!) According to the website, more prints are coming down the pike including: an elephant, panda, and orangutan, among others.
Prints can be purchased here: http://sonnyonline.com/product/kunga/