Breach 1
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Drawing medium: Charcoal drawing

Frame: Wooden tray frame


Gallery: StudionAme

Ships from: United Kingdom

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About the artwork
With these artworks I begin creating an initial image of an animal and try to capture a true to life realism of the particular species rendered in charcoal. When I am happy with the initial drawing I then begin layering fine line drawings in chalk over the top that show how the animal is understood by humanity and also how humanity effects the animal. The layering of imagery across the surface functions like a screen that we are seeing the animal through, revealing how it is loved, feared, worshiped and also demonized by mankind. This imagery shows the ecological challenges that these species face and that require our attention in order to avoid their extinction.The Breach series is based on photographs of Great White Sharks breaching whilst hunting and displaying their incredible physicality. They are a terrifying site yet also bare a sense of vulnerability out of the water and suspended in time like this. I have repeated the Jaws movie poster image across all pieces and there are other drawn elements around the sharks that relate to scare mongering ideas from the many other ‘shark movies’ made in recent years and the reality of what is pushing these incredible predators towards extinction.


Medium Charcoal drawing
Framed? Yes
Frame Type Wooden tray frame
Subjects Animals & Wildlife,
Style Realist
Original or Edition? Original
Certificate of Authenticity Yes
Artwork Dimensions: 86 X 72 X 6 X cm

About Tom Van Herrewege

Tom Van Herrewege obtained his BFA from Loughborough University in 2005 and his MFA from Wimbledon School of Art in 2006.

Tom has undertaken various residencies, including; Tanks Art Centre, artist in residence, Cairns, Australia, 2011; Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts, artist in residence, Durban, South Africa, 2013 and Brooke House College, artist in residence, Market Harborough, UK, 2015.

His solo shows include; 'Paradise Lost', Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts, Durban, South Africa, 2013; 'Pica pica' (a pop-up exhibition in Market Harborough in conjunction with residency at Brooke House College and the release of the publication ‘Pica pica’), 2015; 'Superstitious Beasts, Loughborough University Gallery, Loughborough, UK, 2016 and 'Hit List', StudionAme, Leicester, 2018, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2018, Creswell Crags museum, Nottinghamshire, 2019 and LCB Depot, Leicester, UK, 2019.

He has also self-published the following publications; 'Creature fady: Perceptions and understandings of the animal kingdom in Malagasy fady and folklore',2014; 'Pica pica', 2015 and 'Hit List: A visual guide to the extinction of animals', 2015. . Perceptions and understandings of the animal kingdom in Malagasy fady and folklore. Self published in the UK.

Artist statement;

'My work is inspired by the incredible diversity of animals that exists across the world. I am interested in man’s interpretation of this throughout history and the ways in which the animal kingdom is perceived through different aspects of culture. It is the variety in human perception that is formed from experiencing animals, through their charismatic behaviour to their physicality, and how this is embellished within culture that drives my practice.

Over the last few years my practice has developed more and more into being more conservation focused. The work I make always has a strong message within it of the need to conserve the natural world and to protect the animal kingdom from extinction.'