THE ARTIST

 

PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS
SCULPTURES
MAGNIFICENT 7
ABOUT THE ARTIST
CONTACT
PRICES

Alan's career as a wildlife artist commenced in 1984 when he was commissioned to produce wildlife paintings for a calendar. The artist has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous international wildlife exhibitions where his paintings were exhibited with the works of world-renowned artists such as Raymond Harris-Ching (New Zealand), Keith Joubert (South Africa), Kim Donaldson (South Africa), and Paul Bosman (USA). His first solo exhibition in 1987 was opened by well-known South African conservationist Clive Walker.


The artist at work on "Maasai collage"

Alan has completed numerous major commissions, including a life-size bronze sculpture of two gemsbok (oryx) for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park between South Africa and Botswana (also see Sculpture section). Other commissions include buffalo as well as wild dog bronzes for the players who participated in the 1998 One Million Dollar, 2000 Two Million Dollar and 2010 Golf Challenges at Sun City. Today the artist's paintings, drawings and sculptures grace the homes of art collectors worldwide - Austria, Australia, Botswana, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hawaii, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America and Zambia.

Working on the clay sculpture of "The challengers"

Sketching latest charcoal drawing entitled "Forest Dwellers"

Committed to the conservation of wildlife in South Africa and elsewhere in the world, the artist has donated part of the proceeds from his work to various wildlife organisations such as the Rhino & Elephant Foundation, Rainforest Foundation, Endangered Wildlife Trust, World Wide Fund for Nature and the Wildlife Group of the South African Veterinary Association. More recently, he is also involved with a special project of Vodacom to reintroduce the Afrian wild dog into the Serengeti Game Reserve in Tanzania. Alan also designed the logo for this special project.

Darrell and Evie Raubenheimer, organisers of the annual Baviaanskloof Trail Run in the Eastern Cape, with the Legend Award (rhino print) and floating trophies of rhino bronze.

Alan donated two rhino bronze sculptures, which are presented as floating trophies to the first male and first female winners of the Baviaanskloof Trail Run. This event takes place in the Eastern Cape's Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site. It is one of the largest wilderness conservation areas in South Africa. Alan also donated 50 limited edition prints, which are presented to athletes who complete three of these trail runs. This is known as the Legend Award.  

In addition to his wildlife art, Ainslie is also a successful graphic designer and illustrator. He has illustrated numerous stamp series, miniature sheets and first-day covers for India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. His stamp designs not only cover wildlife, but also portraits of international figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Nobel laureates including Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer, Albert Luthuli and Desmond Tutu. In addition subjects that the artist has illustrated for stamps emcompass architecture, culture, transport and tourism.

*Alan was born in 1952 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and grew up on a Karoo farm near Graaff-Reinet in the arid eastern Cape. After matriculating from St Andrew's College in Grahamstown, he attended the East London Art School where he studied under the well-known painter and sculptor, Jack Lugg, and where he graduated in 1974.


EXHIBITIONS

  • 1985: International Wildlife Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
  • 1987: First solo exhibition - Sanderling Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
  • 1987: International Raptor Exhibition, Israel
  • 1987: Rhino and Elephant Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
  • 1990: Second solo exhibition - Sanderling Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
  • 1991: International Wildlife Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
  • 1992: International Wildlife Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
  • 1993: International Wildlife Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
  • 1993: International Wildlife Exhibition - Munich, Germany
  • 1993: International Marine Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg,SA
  • 1995: International Wildlife Exhibition - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
  • 1999: International Wildlife Exhibition - Brisbane, Australia
  • 2000: Solo exhibition - Silver Lakes Estate, Pretoria, SA
  • 2005: Joint exhibition - Centurion Golf Estate, Pretoria, SA
  • 2013: Joint exhibition - Art on Church Gallery, Stellenbosch
  • 2013: Joint exhibition, "Nature Inspires" - Hornbill Gallery, Hermanus
  • 2014: Solo exhibition, "To Touch Nature" - Art on Church Gallery, Stellenbosch
  • 2015: Solo exhibition, "To Touch Nature" - Art on Church Gallery, Stellenbosch