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For centuries elephants in Thailand have been revered as a national symbol, worshiped as living gods and employed as beasts of burden in the nation s thriving timber industry But when logging was banned in Thailand in 1990, these noble animals fell on hard times Reduced to performing tricks for tourists by day and illegal heavy labor by night, Thailand s elephants were exhausted, malnourished, and dying in alarming numbers.Hearing of their plight, a pair of unlikely heroes came to the rescue, Wildly eccentric Russian emigre artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid devised a brilliant scheme to create the world s first quadruped occupational retraining program a network of art schools for unemployed elephants Taking a cue from elephant trainers in a number of American zoos, Komar and Melamid taught the animals to hold brushes in their trunks and apply paint to canvas And the results were astonishing Not only did the elephants paintings closely resemble the expansive gestural work of such Abstract Expressionist artists as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline, but the pachyderm painters also began to develop clearly distinct regional styles lyrical and expressive in the northern Thai school, subtle and atmospheric in the east, dynamic and angst ridden in the central school.Sanctioned by the World Wildlife Fund, the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project has been a remarkable success paintings by some of the most talented elephant artists have been auctioned at Christie s for thousands of dollars, generating funds to provide proper care for the elephants and support for their trainers.When Elephants Paint follows Komar and Melamid and their eclectic entourage through Thailand s lush jungles and steaming cities, describing the odd encounters and creative cajoling that helped turn this seemingly whimsical idea into a concrete, beneficial reality Illustrated with than 100 photographs, including actual elephant paintings, this riotously funny and provocative book offers a valuable lesson in wildlife conservation and startling revelations about the nature of art itself....

Title : When Elephants Paint: The Quest of Two Russian Artists to Save the Elephants of Thailand
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ISBN : 0060953527
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Harper Paperbacks 1st edition November 7, 2000
Number of Pages : 102 pages
File Size : 790 KB
Status : Available For Download
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When Elephants Paint: The Quest of Two Russian Artists to Save the Elephants of Thailand Reviews

  • Carla D. Olson
    2019-05-20 01:48

    This is a great book at a great price except for one dissapointment. I thought it would have more color pics of the Elephants work like I see on the website. My bad. I bought it for my young great grandchildren....It is for adults really. Still I think EVERYONE should know about these elephants. I hope someday to be able to see them in person

  • Kathy Forst
    2019-04-20 21:52

    love it

  • Scootermini
    2019-05-03 01:50

    This book, which tells the story of 2 Russian artists who decided to be proactive in saving the elephants, is a really amazing story. These men have actually taught these elephants to paint! It's amazing--each elephant has his/her own style; it's a beautiful story of using the elephants' abilities themselves to help sustain them....truly a lovely tale--and it's all true!

  • P. Grossman
    2019-05-17 02:32

    Unfortunately, this is all a hoax and the real story is horrifying. The elephants are abused as infants in order to break their spirit, and they are abused in the process of learning to hold a brush and paint strokes. Their "assistant" actually stands by their side with a bull hook and pierces their ear in different ways to indicate whether they should make straight lines or dots in the painting.

  • Elephant admirer
    2019-05-10 22:51

    This lovely book is important proof of the highly evolved state of consciousness in elephants -- mental and emotional. It has wonderful photos of actual paintings by elephants, and is written in an amusing and witty style. It is an inspiring read for anyone interested in animals, but I think also helps cross the gap between those who already attuned to animals and those who need to have their eyes opened to what animals are really like.

  • R. Speizer
    2019-05-09 22:42

    Beautiful photography and interesting text, but I was interested in the actual art as painted by the elephants, but there is very little of that. Mostly pictures of jungles. If you like that you will like the book. If you want to see the acutual artwork you will be very dissapointed.

  • C. Anderson
    2019-04-23 00:45

    This book has many pictures and covers the material well. My only disappointment was that it was written to appeal to a slightly younger audience than I had hoped. However, I do not regret my purchase. I would highly recommend this book.