LOT 62

FRANK PRETORIUS

Original artwork kindly donated to Sketch for Survival by Frank Pretorius

Cry for thy beloved

Oil on canvas

60 x 60 cm

Canvas. Signed

The greatest threat facing African rhinos is poaching for the illegal trade in their horns, which has soared in recent years. The number of rhinos poached in South Africa alone has increased by 9,000% since 2007 - from 13 to a record 1,215 in 2014.

Frank Pretorius is a mixed medium artist who has been painting all his life, sharing vivid recollections of how he used to slide underneath his parents' bed to draw a secret world of characters, adding a new figure to the story every chance he got. And whilst he never stopped painting, his nearly two decade long career in advertising has hibernated the dream of painting full time. After moving to London, Frank decided to take the leap and paint full time."My career in film and advertising may not have been the route. that others would have followed, but this was my journey and I am forever grateful for it because it changed my perspective and the way I represent my subject. Compared to the work I created as a young artist in my twenties, I am now far more partial to material and techniques that bring movement and depth of field into my work, much as you would have in a filmhe explained. Passionate about telling stories, Frank uses his talent to give a voice to that which has none. Whether it's the lost Porsche 550A Spyder, or endangered wildlife in Africa, he is always chasing the pictures behind the story.

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