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"<a href="https://www.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/16754/artist/4086/artwork/arachnid-17679">The Arachnid</a>" by Géry van der Kelen | Canada

The Arachnid

Wallhanging by Géry van der Kelen
14.25" H x 18.00" W
Year Completed:
Canadian Lynx & Spider
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Artist will donate 20% to Felidae Conservation Fund and 25% to AFC from sale of this work.
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As a teenager, I developed a real passion for felines, especially lynxes. The discreet habits and furtive appearances of the Canadian Lynx make its observation difficult. I painted this artwork based on several pictures taken at the Montreal Biodôme where a rare phenomenon happened: a Canadian Lynx pair had given birth to two young. The cub represented here was already more than 5 months old. Juvenile lynxes are curious. So I pictured it worrying about the progress of a large spider on his web stretched between White Spruce (Picea glauca) and Eastern White Cedar (Thuya occidentalis) twigs. The marcescent leaves of American beech (Fagus grandifolia) add the complementary color to the coat of these big cats, whose oversized feet act like snowshoes in the deep snow of the boreal forest. Still wanted for its spotted fur, the populations of this mythical feline are declining due to the degradation of its habitat.



The Arachnid | Wallhanging by Gery van der Kelen | Artists for Conservation 2021

2023 Artists for Conservation Exhibit Book