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Art Attack: Lily Perthuis

So this is a little bit of a different post, but I wanted to write a little bit about some of the more unconventional ways that people are raising awareness for our world’s most endangered species. The consequences of food production does not resonate with everyone, especially with today’s ‘Milk and Bread comes from the Supermarket’ mentality, and lecturing someone on how they should live seldom sticks. Yet there are other, more popular mediums such as music, film and art, that can be used to pass a message on to people who are not always so environmentally inclined (not to mention being extremely easy on the eye for those of us who are!)

I am of the belief that if you want to change the world for the better, the best way to do it is to use whatever talents you have at your disposal. You don’t have to be a vet or a scientist to save an animal’s life, and these artworks by LilyArtist are doing just that!

Both these fabulous art collections have been put together by the enviously talented Aurelie (Lily) Perthuis. The first collection features Lily and two collaborators, Joe Bramwell-Smith and Portia Rudd, who have created a  series of artworks depicting some of the worlds most endangered animals; subjects include the Giant Panda, the Mountain Gorilla, and the Bluefin Tuna.

Giant Panda, by Lily Perthuis, Joe Bramwell-Smith and Portia Rudd

EndCount is an art project that aims to bring attention to species on the brink of extinction by creating flash generative artworks.
We created a flash application that create artworks using the current species population. The numbers are dropping each year, unless we do something about it. Buying a poster will help us to make a difference and hopefully help to protect the species. – Lily Perthuis on her EndCount art collection.

The second is a collection of intimate yet vibrant portraits of three critically endangered species, the Mountain Gorilla, the Polar Bear and the Tiger, whom we know is in grave grave danger of becoming extinct, due to poaching, deforestation, and of course, the palm oil industry.

Baru the Tiger, by Lily Perthuis

It depicts their emotions through pop-infused colour palette. The subjects appear almost human, expressing emotions and facial expression – each of them have a name, a DNA. –Lily Perthuis, on her Portraits series.

I love these artworks so much; not only do they highlight the dire need for these animals to be protected from the looming threat of extinction, they’re also beautifully executed! I’m a serial art appreciator, in that I spend hours trawling the plethora of artistic content available on the web, but I buy very little of it (mainly because I can’t afford it! I wish I could). But for this, I think I’m going to be able to make an exception. You can see the rest of her work, and maybe even order youself some  here