To mark World Lion Day on Monday 10th August 2015, our very own Pip McGarry, is donating a never before seen painting from his private collection to help raise funds for LionAid, in memory of Cecil the lion.
The striking work of art depicts a lion roaming the African bush, and looks uncannily like a photograph of Cecil used by the BBC in the aftermath of the lion’s tragic death.
The so far untitled painting had pride of place at the artist’s home in Hampshire, but in light of recent events, Pip has named the piece ‘Cecil’, and donated it for auction to LionAid, a UK based charity working globally to save lions and end the decline of wild lion populations.
LionAid will be inviting closed bids for ‘Cecil’ via email to email@example.com or phone by calling 01304 449491.
The painting will be displayed alongside other works of art by children, adults and celebrities including a limited edition signed print of Ricky Gervais’s lion portrait, at ‘An Evening for Lions’, organised by the charity and held at St. Pancras Church, London, on August 22nd 2015.
Pip says: “Like the rest of the world, I was shocked and saddened by the news of Cecil’s senseless death. As someone who has spent many years in Africa, capturing its majestic wildlife on canvas, I felt compelled to help this worthy charity.
“Donating one of my paintings for auction is just a small way I can contribute. I hope ‘Cecil’ will go to a good home and raise lots of money to help Lion Aid continue their vital work in protecting these incredible animals.”
Christine Macsween, trustee and director at LionAid, is thrilled with the donation, she says:
“Wildlife artists have always seen and recognised the true beauty and wonder of wildlife in the wild. Pip McGarry has long been a leading wildlife artist who, through his work, has shown his keen understanding and appreciation of nature’s wonders. How much more valuable is it to wildlife conservation to mount a work of art by Pip than to mount a glassy-eyed hunting trophy?”
In the run up to the auction on August 22nd, ‘Cecil’ can be viewed in the gallery. Pip’s next exhibition runs from 2nd to 18th October. To view Pip’s profile please click here.