ZSL Artists in Focus
David Ryan Robinson: 'London Zoo Illustrated'
Illustrator David Ryan Robinson
David Ryan Robinson has been working with us on an exciting project producing a birds-eye illustration of ZSL London Zoo. This brilliantly original piece of art captures London Zoo in a moment of its history, and is a significant work of importance for that alone.
About the artist:
David Ryan Robinson is a London based illustrator and graphic designer. He attended the University of Salford, where he got a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration and fell in love with the Uniball eye pen.
Past clients include The Guardian, The Times, Cartoon Network, [adult swim], Risk Magazine, The Financial Times, EDF Energy, Becks Beer, BBC, Sports Relief, Quintet Publishing and Gestalten Publishing.
David Ryan Robinson is currently working as a designer for Cartoon Network at Turner Enterprises.
London Zoo Illustrated is a limited first edition (250 copies only) silkscreen print using oil-based inks onto 280gsm recycled paper. The prints measure 514mm x 580mm and look perfect mounted to fit a 700mm x700mm frame. 25% of the sale price of each print will be donated to ZSL to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.
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London Zoo Illustrated
David Ryan Robinson on his drawing:
'As well as just starting a new illustration I wanted to help raise money for a worthy cause. So I sent ZSL London Zoo an email asking if they would be interested in such a project and luckily they were very enthusiastic about it. I was allowed to do research at the zoo...and so the project was born! Fast-forward 7 months of drawing, visiting the zoo and studying photographs and the illustration is complete. as I presented the art to the Zoo I was shown around the new Tiger Territory enclosure. It is a delight to walk around the zoo with everything mapped out pretty accurately to my drawing and to see that money raised from sales will go to such a worthy cause'.
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Virginia Bradley is Professor of Art at the University of Delaware, USA.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to an artist in residence at ZSL. Access to the rich collections creates unprecedented possibilities in my practice to connect with live species and current conservation research while researching historic representations and archival documents.
While in residence I hope to develop a body of mixed media paintings and collages based on ten to twelve of the EDGE species who currently reside at ZSL
Images from the natural world and observed cultures are often source material for the departure of my creative research. This source material is collected, appropriated, documented and references both the seen and unseen; or the spoken and the unspoken in the living world. My practice explores an alchemical synthesis of these elements with the unconscious.
In particular, I am interested in merging animal imagery as represented in natural history with the present. I am intrigued by the “instinct” or “sixth sense“that animals possess, as well as their primordial sense of purity and beauty. An animal’s innate instinct for survival correlates to the intuitive process that is active in my painting. The use of printmaking and mixed media in the work creates a dialogue between the printed image, the natural handmade mark and the alchemy of disparate materials. This combination serves to question the history, origin, meaning and authenticity of the image. Ultimately, I desire for the visual work to offer alternative perceptions to certainty - past and present.
The Birds of ZSL
Whilst undertaking his project at ZSL, Martin hopes to capture as many species of bird as possible within the collection, and to highlight the collections status and diversity as well as their country and area of origin.
Martin has a keen interest in conservation and is looking to broaden his understanding of the vital work carried out by ZSL whilst engaged in his project.
Martin studied at London College of Art & Central St Martins.
Adam Binder's 'Boris the Polar Bear'
A giant polar bear sculpture by artist Adam Binder stands proud at ZSL London Zoo.
‘Boris’ is a 12-foot, life-size polar bear sculpture cast entirely of bronze and weighing 700 kgs. The sculpture is exhibiting at ZSL London Zoo to symbolise the plight of Polar Bears and to raise awareness for a species under threat.
Artist, Adam Binder says, “Everyone assumes that climate change is killing off the planet’s polar bear population, but trade has no doubt contributed to their demise. Hunters selling polar bear skins and parts are making a dangerous and unsustainable dent in wild populations that could be the last straw for the species”.
Second to climate change and habitat loss, there is near universal agreement that the annual polar bear hunt in Canada and the illegal sale of poached Russian bears is one of the biggest threats to the species. In the last five years, there was a 375 percent increase in the number of polar bear skins offered at auctions in Canada, with foreign buyers paying record prices.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey we will have lost two-thirds of the world’s last remaining polar bears (currently around 20,000-25,000) by 2050.
Adam Binder & Boris with London Mayor Boris Johnson and environmental campaigner Stanley Johnson
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