Animal welfare

Southport entertainer shows his commitment to animal welfare

HARVEST MOON: One of the paintings that will be exhibited

For Southport artist Pauline McNulty, every painting is an adventure.

And his latest exhibition, at the ArtHouse, Eastbank Street, Southport until September 24, is an illustration of his commitment to animal welfare.

A member of the Animal Artists Association, Pauline regularly donates artwork to their charity wildlife auctions to benefit animal rescue and protection.

She said: “My style is eclectic and impressionistic. I mainly paint in acrylics, watercolors or ink but will also mix my mediums to achieve the best effect. I find that the subject often dictates my choice of medium.

Known to the local art scene and a regular contributor to Southport Contemporary Arts, Pauline exhibits annually at the Sefton Open and the Southport Palette Club throughout the year.

Pauline has been drawing and painting now for more than 40 years: “I started with an interest in art through adult education in the 80s. Since then, I have extended the depth and the breath of my experience and skills through courses and lessons in watercolour, acrylic, drawing from life, linocut, silk painting and pastels, supported by in-depth academic study.

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Grateful for having been inspired by artists of the past such as the archetypal polymath of the German Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer – “I like his watercolours, his drawings and his portraits, in particular his beautiful studies of plants and animals” – and the impulsive Dutch Post-Impressionist, Vincent van Gogh – “for his imagination, his vibrant use of color, texture and composition” – Pauline appreciated their kindred spirit: “Both loved nature and portraiture subjects like me .

WHITE BENGAL TIGER: one of the paintings that will be exhibited

The natural world has always stimulated Pauline’s accomplished technique: “I love drawing and painting animals, fauna and flora. My passion is animal portraits, especially primates. My goal is to produce a dramatic and colorful portrait that displays the individual character or spirit of the subject I have chosen.

A member of the Animal Artists Association, Pauline regularly donates artwork to their charity wildlife auctions to benefit animal rescue and protection.

The paintings currently on display clearly express Pauline’s commitment to supporting animal welfare: “The three animal portraits depict strong dominant animals in a quiet moment of reflection, pensive and vulnerable before returning to their daily struggles with the life. The tiger and the gorilla are animals in danger of extinction, a subject I turn to several times. The Highland cow is a domesticated animal that retains its wild and romantic look.

SILVERBACK GORILLA: one of the paintings on display

Pauline can easily trace her interest in nature back to childhood: “Wildlife has always had a fascination for me ever since I read animal books and visited zoos, aquariums, animal parks and animal sanctuaries. birds when I was a child. I have always been concerned about animal conservation and the horrors happening in the world.

“I unfortunately can’t do much about it, but I think that’s why I feel drawn to painting beautiful creatures that man, in his ignorance, destroys. I feel that more strongly for the fate of giant apes.

This latest exhibition by Pauline will be on display at the ArtHouse, Eastbank Street, Southport from 27 August to 24 September 2022. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 3pm. Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Submitted by Martin Dawber


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