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Oenone Hammersley F.R.G.S.

Rainforest and Wildlife Artist

Paintings in watercolour and gouache of wildlife in Africa

All paintings copyright ownership to artist.

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Watchful Leopard

Zebras at Chole ruins

Caracal

The Lions dream

Giraffe eating

Hunting Leopard in a tree

White-throated Bee eaters C

Zebras drinking

White-throated Bee Eaters Tanzania

Zebras in a tropical garden

Putty nosed monkey

Little Bee-eaters C

Little bee-eaters Tanzania

Red-billed Hornbill

Cheetah’s domain

Window onto another world

Leopard with cub

Hunting Leopard

Senegal Parrot eating berries

Sleeping Leopard

Prowling Leopard

Sleeping Leopard Cameroon

African Leopard

Lilac-breasted Roller

Touracos

Leopard in a tree

Ring tailed Lemur

Dug Beetle

Leopards at Jamituri gardens

Hippos

Wood Hoopoe

INSPIRATION.

AFRICA.

Oenone lived in Lagos, Nigeria from 1992 to 1994, and Tanzania from 1997 to 2000. Her copious collection of African wildlife was inspired by many visits to Rainforests in West Africa, and game parks in East Africa.

ZANZIBAR DOORS.

Visits to Zanzibar island inspired her work in Tanzania, where she was fascinated by the beautiful Zanzibar doors, many of which were carved with wildlife depicted on them. These carvings inspired her to bring the wildlife that was obviously present in the past, back to present day Zanzibar. Oenone painted real Lions and Zebra standing guard outside the ornate doors.

ZANZIBAR INTERIORS.

Oenone’s series of Zanzibar interiors featuring wildlife inside the beautiful Islamic buildings, such as “ Window onto another world”, “Cheetah’s Domain” and “The Lions Dream”, were inspired by Lucian Freud’s early works of interiors featuring Zebra heads. The surrealist juxtaposition of wildlife in a completely alien environment is designed to prompt the viewer to think about the future of wildlife and wilderness.

CHOLE RUINS.

A visit to Chole ruins near Mafia Island, where an old German town had been abandoned in ruins and completely overgrown by strangler figs. Inspired the theme of wildlife reclaiming it’s own. This theme recurs in her work in India, with the paintings of Ranthambhore, and in Central & South America, with paintings of the ruins in Tikal, and includes the Ancient Greek ruins. The Africa collections were exhibited in Africa and London and helped raise funds for Drill conservation in Nigeria supported by Flora & Fauna Preservation Society, and Rainforest conservation in Cameroon supported by WWF. In Tanzania the exhibitions helped raise funds for Saddani tree planting.

 

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