Jonathan Truss Art
Establishing himself internationally as a leading wildlife artist, Jonathan Truss is proud to showcase his work the world over, from Botswana to Beverley Hills, selling paintings in galleries across the globe and selling through Christies in the United Kingdom and United States.
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He has had countless exhibitions including New York, London, LA and Kenya and has worked as a featured artist with P&O and Cunard Cruises. Previously, Jonathan worked as a professional musician, actor and cabaret artiste, then he became signed to UK Demontfort fine art; the largest publisher and gallery group in the UK.
For the last 12 years’ Jonathan has annually led art safaris on five continents whilst visiting Africa annually where he campaigns in the national parks. Here, set in the Mother Nature’s wild habitat he also takes new inspiration for his animal paintings.
Jonathan’s work has named him twice winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year – Frozen Planet category. ‘Artist and Illustrator’ Artist of the year finalist and the editor’s choice winner for Wildscape magazine – professional category. In addition he was a DSWF wildlife artist of the year finalist four years in a row.
As an award-winning artist, Jonathan is deeply concerned about the plight of elephants, frequently making them the subject of his paintings. In his latest piece (a world-first) Jonathan painted a life-sized “Big Tusker” elephant on canvas. He recently completed the painting, titled ‘Tusker’s Last Stand’ and is using it to raise funds and awareness for elephant conservation.
“Big Tusker” is a term for Bull elephants with Tusks over 100Ibs each. By some estimates, as few as 30 Big Tuskers may remain today and conservation scientists are warning that it is conceivable that they could be extinct within a human generation.
Jonathan says of this matter; “In the time it’s taken me to paint this painting 2500 elephants will have been killed by poachers. Last year it is estimated that more than 30,000 elephants were poached illegally. That means one elephant is killed every 15minutes!! Killed for their tusks, which are traded to make jewellery, religious sculptures and other trinkets which are very popular in China and the Far East, the ivory belongs to the elephants not us. I want the person stood in front of it to really feel the awe of the tusker right there in front of them that they can almost taste the dust! Sadly with just 30 or so left that’ll be something few people will ever get to experience in reality.
Poignantly the elephant I chose to paint was called Satao. He was Kenya’s most famous and largest elephant killed by a poacher’s arrow last May. When you look at the terrible picture of Satao when he was found compared to my painting of how he’d have looked in all his magnificence, it brings home what man has done and is doing to these extraordinarily wonderful creatures.”
Jonathan says he’s very excited about what he can achieve and will be donating the larger percentage of the sale of the painting to provide significant financial assistance to select independent charities who are tackling the problems head-on and making a difference in each of those areas in the field, namely Africa based Saving the Survivors, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and the Tsavo Trust.
Jonathan embarked on his record-breaking painting at the beginning of November at Mercedes Benz luxury showroom in Poole, Dorset, who were also the sponsor of the initiative.