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Alan M. Hunt

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for June, 2011

 
Alan M Hunt is widely regarded as one of the world's best wildlife artists. His interest in conservation and a love of all animals, fauna, wildlife and nature has successfully made him one of the most acclaimed British wildlife artists.

Alan has worked with animals in the wild and in captivity - in parks, zoos, and reserves. Indeed, he has used his ability as a naturalist-guide for bird watchers and others interested in nature around the world. A devoted conservationist, Alan is constantly seeking new ways to help environmental groups raise funds. Beyond his art, Alan makes whatever financial contributions he can to conservation, as he considers animals first and foremost.

He now concentrates his work solely on endangered species in order to bring their plight to draw as much attention as possible to their threatened survival.  Commenting on his paintings, Alan says, "As a wildlife artist and conservationist, I have grave concerns for the environment and believe it needs as much support as I can possibly give, whether financially or as a spokesman. If my son doesn’t get to see half the wildlife in his lifetime that I’ve seen, I will feel very guilty. Rather than become a famous wildlife artist I would like to be remembered as someone who tried to make people aware of the need to protect the environment, wildlife and the planet."

Alan still teaches wildlife field painting and leads study trips around the world. Recent trips in pursuit of his wildlife reference materia have seen him travel to the Masai Mara in Kenya to study the wildebeest migration which Alan says was his best ever wildlife trip to Africa.

Alan began painting at the age of eight, when his mother gave him a box of paints to occupy him as he recuperated from an illness. He started off painting birds, which had fascinated him from an early age, but soon moved on to capture the natural world around him on canvas.

First studying art at Middlesbrough Art College, Alan then decided to study zoology at Leeds College and Bristol University. This background of scientific and artistic skills causes Alan to call himself  "the zoologist who paints wildlife". His first solo exhibition was held in his home town of Redcar at the age of 18 and since then his paintings have been shown in museums, galleries and public and private collections world wide. Alan has received international acclaim, winning The Society of Animal Artists’ USA Award of Excellence on four occasions, the Wildlife Art Society’s UK Best Artist on Show for three consecutive years as well as more recent awards in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

He has been the lead wildlife artist at five exhibitions in the US and in 1998 was the first non-American to be voted on to the American Wildlife Art Hall Of Fame. In 1999, he was chosen as Artist of the Year for the Florida Wildlife Art Expo. Alan’s Original Paintings also attracted huge interest at major auctions including Sotheby’s, Bonham’s and Christie’s and continues to captivate Wildlife Art collectors across the World.

For more information about Alan and his artwork, visit his personal AFC website.

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