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BLACK MALE LEOPARD
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BLACK MALE LEOPARD Sculpture

ZAAN CLAASSENS

Canada

Sculpture, Bronze on Bronze

Size: 5.5 W x 6.7 H x 9.1 D in

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I am in awe of these beautiful, wild cats. These two sculptures make the perfect pair. Ideally to be cast life size and to adorn a Bernini-like staircase. They were created in 2011 as a limited edition of only 10. My sculptures focus on two seemingly disparate subjects, although they are certainly interconnected: the nude female form and large animals. The images may seem antithetical, as nude women are typically presented as icons of gentility or sexuality, and big animals as menacing beasts, but I tend to ignore these entrenched perceptions. Both subjects offer commanding anatomical forms that demonstrate my passion for the natural world and all that inhabit it. The animals that I depict tend to be large and wild, and detached from domestication. And while small, domesticated animals may garner attention for their “cute factor,” I am drawn to animals, such as the leopard and rhinoceros, which typically occupy their natural habitat in Africa, and whose behavior is therefore unregulated and instinctual. I want to capture their authenticity in my sculptures by depicting these animals as both powerful and vulnerable in a world in which they are both predators and prey. The mid nineteenth-century French animal-painter Rosa Bonheur was the first woman artist to focus on large animals as subject-matter (a pursuit deemed exclusively male); continuing this legacy enables me to connect with her desire to visually capture, but not actually capture, these imposing creatures of the natural world.

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Sculpture:Bronze on Bronze

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:5.5 W x 6.7 H x 9.1 D in

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I was born in South Africa in 1970. As a child we moved from Pietermaritzburg to Pretoria to Rustenburg to Jeffries Bay to Stellenbosch to Harare, finally settling in Cape Town. I spent my last year of school in Oxford, Ohio as an exchange student and then returned to Stellenbosch, where I completed a BA Degree in Graphic Design. For the next decade I lived in Northern Alberta, followed by a couple of years thawing out on the Island of Saipan. Thereafter I returned to South Africa via Ireland, and a few more years in Canada. I currently spend my time between South Africa and Canada. In South Africa I reside next to the Atlantic Ocean in a suburb nestled between the Twelve Apostles, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the Ocean. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. In Canada I live on the North Western Pacific Coast. more to follow....

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