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Endangered, by Kim Nguyen

Background

Last year, I embarked on a mission to resurrect the awareness of endangered species through my artwork and love for print making.

With my love for animals, I felt the need to make a bold statement by bringing some awareness to our beloved but sadly and unlucky animals who on a daily basis are captured and tortured by poachers around the world for their body parts.

I value animals over the sad greed of mankind by which they make a living by eliminating the existence of these wonderful and beautiful creatures.

What inspired me for the creation of this small collection, is the wish for my future children to have the opportunity to live in a world with vast and abundance of nature and animals. I feel and believe the world needs to appreciate these animals for however big or small, dangerous or domestic for a better world and future for the next generation of humans and animals on this planet. A greener and peaceful world where man respects the life of animals. A world where man explores and interacts with nature on a daily basis. A world where technology is reduced for our well-being and awareness of things around us.

I continue to admire animals and nature and am looking to do a series of artworks based on the hundreds of endangered species in the world.

Sumatran Elephant

Sumatran elephants feed on a variety of plants and deposit seeds wherever they go, contributing to a healthy forest ecosystem. They also share their lush forest habitat with several other endangered species, such as the Sumatran rhino, tiger, and orangutan, and countless other species that all benefit from an elephant population that thrives in a healthy habitat.

Status: Critically Endangered

Kim's interpretation

Sumatran Elephants – Strong – Fun.

My interpretation allows  the imagination of a better future if deforestation and animal poaching ceased.

Black Rhino

European hunters are responsible for the early decline of black rhino populations. It was not uncommon for five or six rhinos to be killed in a day for food or simply for amusement. European settlers that arrived in Africa in the early 20th century to colonize and establish farms and plantations continued this senseless slaughter. Most people regarded rhinos as vermin and exterminated them at all costs.

“DOOMED.” That was the front page headline of the UK newspaper, the Daily Mirror, in 1961, accompanied by a full-page photo of two African rhinos. The article said that rhinos were “doomed to disappear from the face of the earth due to man’s folly, greed, neglect”Recent success in black rhino conservation is heartening, but a lot of work remains to bring the population up to even a fraction of what it once was – and ensure that it stays there.

Status: Critically endangered

Kim's interpretation

Humble Warrior – Black Rhino

I believe Rhino’s to be kind creatures and can’t contemplate on why anyone wold hurt them! To me they are innocent and humble, and it would be a devastation to loose them.

Leatherback Turtle

Leatherback turtles are named for their shell, which is leather-like rather than hard, like other turtles.

They are the largest sea turtle species and also one of the most migratory, crossing both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Pacific leatherbacks migrate from nesting beaches in the Coral Triangle all the way to the California coast to feed on the abundant jellyfish every summer and fall.

Although their distribution is wide, numbers of leatherback turtles have seriously declined during the last century as a result of intense egg collection and fisheries bycatch. Globally, leatherback status according to IUCN is listed as Vulnerable, but many subpopulations (such as in the Pacific and Southwest Atlantic) are Critically Endangered.

Status: Critically Endangered

Kim's interpretation

I have tried to capture and portray the gentles and fluidity of the nature of these beautiful turtles in this print. One of Kofi’s (my boyfriend’s) favourites!

Giant Panda

This peaceful creature with a distinctive black and white coat is adored by the world and considered a national treasure in China.

The rarest member of the bear family, pandas live mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo. They must eat from 26 to 84 pounds of it every day, a formidable task for which they use their enlarged wrist bones that function as opposable thumbs.

A newborn panda is about the size of a stick of butter—about 1/900th the size of its mother—but can grow to up to 330 pounds as an adult. These bears are excellent tree climbers despite their bulk.

Status: Endangered

Kim's interpretation

Panda’s are no doubt my favourite animals. They are so sweet and innocent looking bears. My interpretation shows him with an umbrella shaped head and highlights the strong fact to why we must protect them and keep them from extinction.

Kim's interpretation

This version of the print showcases an army of marching elephants, whilst justifying their beauty and essence of their existence if we fight to keep them from the hands of the unjust.

Coming soon to the Shop

Silk scarves with endangered prints, post cards with endangered prints.

Charity

10% of sales generated from these prints (once they hit the shop) will be donated to a chosen charity in support of endangered species.

Endangered Collection by Kim Nguyen Framed Artwork

Credits

Endangered species summaries: WWF

Referenced images: Google and respective owners

All other images copyrighted to Kim Nguyen under K&K LABS

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