Brent is 37 years old. He is a merry fellow, a prankster known for his hearty laughter. He is gentle soul and takes care of Grandma. Brent is an accomplished painter. He paints with his tongue and, thus far, produced some amazing pieces of art. The painting below won him $10,000 and the 1st place in a contest where paintings of many artists, just like Brent, competed to earn the most of public votes.
More than 27,000 public votes were tallied to come up with the winner of this year Chimpanzee Art Contest. Here is the Portrait of the painter, humbled by his artistic triumph and visibly pleased (I hope) with a prize. Brent resides at Chimp Haven, Keithville, LA. The aforementioned much beloved by Brent Grandma is the Chimp Haven’s oldest resident.
The Humane Society of the United States was pleased to announce the 2nd place ( $5,000) winner. He is the artist formerly known as Cheetah. The Humane Society does not immediately inform us under what name Cheetah is known now. Here is his painting.
Notice the fierce bursts of yellow, orange and red. These are the colors of pain, agony and perseverance… The faint smidgen of turquoise-blue — isn’t it the color of hope? The whiff of yearning? And the timid sprouting of green?
I’m sure, if the artist formerly known as Cheetah was human, his tragic life might have become a formidable “value added” in promotion and marketing of his artwork — take Frida Kahlo or Arshile Gorky, for instance. According to the Humane Society’s webpage, Cheetah was born sometime in the 1970’s and for 19 years lead a solitary life of suffering in a research laboratory (not specified where). He endured over 400 biopsies before being rescued by Save the Chimps (Ft. Pierce, FL) in 2002. He is passionate about his art and wanted to look pretty for his portrait.
The grant money won by chimps would be used to help care for chimpanzees retired from research, entertainment and the pet trade at their respective facilities. The original chimp-masterpieces will be auctioned off on eBay, proceeds going to the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance. To visit the Humane Society’s page for more paintings, names and tragic stories of chimp-artists, click on the unfortunately named The votes are in, so let the pant hooting begin!
And no, I won’t be comparing the artistic styles and color palettes of the talented chimp-champs of the Chimpanzee Art Contest and some renown abstractionist painters of our time. I’ll be strong and squash the urge… If I can do it — anyone can.