Painting by Larry Norton
On the 19th of April 2012, this painting of Mother and child rhinos in the Chizarira Nationa Park in Zimbabwe, by the Zimbabwean artist Larry Norton, will be auctioned at Conservation Guardians fund raising event “Rocking for Rhinos” to take place at the Monaco Yacht Club.
Chizarira National Park (managed by the IAPF) in Zimbabwe is a raw African wilderness, an isolated and untamed place threatened by poaching and a lack of funding. Years ago, when I walked across this magnificent area in 1991, Black rhino were prolific but the killing had begun. I encountered a female and calf and other rhino but now none remain.
The painting depicts the mother and calf on a high grassy ridge at the top of the Chizarira escarpment. It is October and the evening haze melds the horizon of sky and land. Warm light touches the beautiful scene and the rugged ridges of the Mucheni gorge below, casting deep shadow across the receding ridges of bush.
The International Anti Poaching Fund (IAPF) has been instrumental in initiating a plan to resuscitate this incredible place. Working closely with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife IAPF will be training rangers and providing vital equipment to get the park back on its feet. The emotive subject matter of the painting relates to the IAPF plan to reestablish a breeding nucleus of Black Rhino here by 2016.
Born in Zimbabwe in 1963, Larry Norton grew up on a game farm in north-east Zimbabwe. He started drawing as a boy and in 1988 began a professional career. Since then he has exhibited around the world including several successful exhibitions in New York and London.