Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Origin of Art?

"The hand of the chimpanzee is quasi-human; the hand of Jackson Pollock is totally animal!" - Salvador Dali

What is Art?

DINOSAUR by Michael
11 x 14 acrylic on canvas, 1984

Do you know Michael? Never heard about him?

Michael was a silverback gorilla, and died at the age of 27 in 2000. He was like many others who paint; gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants.

Paintings by Congo

Congo was the name of a chimpanzee who learned to paint on paper and canvas, under the aegis of zoologist, ethologist, and surrealist painter Desmond Morris. He was most productive in the late 1950s. His style has been identified with abstract impressionism. American collector Howard Hong purchased three of Congo's works for US$26,000.

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