UK based contemporary artist Beata Orosz has taken a walk on the wild side and has found herself immersed in the story of man versus beast.
‘Last of the Kind’ is a series of paintings that explore the delicate balance between mankind and the extraordinary animal kingdom that we share this planet with, the effect that we have on them and our contribution as a ‘race’ to their extinction.
Each individual portrait shows these truly endangered animals fading into the distance, fading into the past and fading into extinction. Beata’s ambition to create where others want to destroy has seen her using her art to carry a strong message and to help raise awareness for an issue that is very much alive.
Sudan was quite simply ‘Last of the Kind’. He was a captive Northern White Rhinoceros held from the age of 2 in an attempt to save the species from the threat of extinction. At the time of his death he was one of only three living Northern White Rhinoceroses in the world and the only remaining male of his subspecies.
Beata Orosz said: “I felt such connection with these animals in the progress of painting these art pieces. My aim is to create something unique and impactful that can be appreciated in various settings to provoke an emotion in the eye of the beholder. Whilst there is a dismal message behind every work I still hope and believe that we can turn the tide, recognise what we are doing and make a determined and lasting effect.”