Pip McGarry

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for March, 2009

UK artist Pip McGarry has raised many thousands of pounds for conservation through his work as an artist. He is the founder and Chairman of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS), the largest wildlife art society in Europe which to date  has raised over £140,000 for Marwell Zoological Park to aid their important work with endangered species. He has also supported the 'Art For Survival' auctions at Christies with over £6000 in donated sales and has also raised funds for 'Save The Rhino', 'Save The Tiger', 'The Dambari Black Rhino Project' and for The Epulu Okapi Reserve in Zaire.

Pip is one of Europe's leading wildlife artists with an international reputation for his oil paintings of big cats and African game. He has been the 'Artist In Residence' at Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire, UK since January 1999. Many of his original paintings have been sold at Christies and Sotheby's and over forty of his paintings have been reproduced by major UK fine art publishers.

He has travelled extensively overseas, having previously lived both in Central America and the Far East. For eight years he has been organising and leading annual camping safaris for wildlife artists and photographers to the remote game reserves of Northern Botswana.

In 2003, he was filmed at Marwell Zoological Park for an instructional oil painting video and DVD, which is on sale in the UK. In 2004, he was the subject of a seven part series on Meridian Television in the UK, called 'A Brush With The Wild' which was presented by Anneka Rice. The hugely successful programme was a ratings hit and was filmed on location in Kenya and at Marwell Zoological Park. The series then featured Pip teaching various television personalities how to paint wildlife. He has also written a number of features for the BBC Wildlife magazine on how to paint wildlife. In May 2008, one of Pip's paintings 'Flight of the Zebras' set a record price at Christies in London, selling for £29,300.00 ($57,985.00).

He is also a member of the UK Fine Art Trade Guild, a signature member of AFC, a member of the 'Society of Animal Artists' in New York, USA and has recently joined the advisory panel of the UK art magazine 'Artists and Illustrators'. He wass also on the panel of judges for the 'BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year' 2009.


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