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Phantom by Guy Combes, African Wildlife Cheetah
Phantom
by Guy Combes

Guy Combes’ "Phantom" reveals something not seen in East Africa for over 90 years, a rare “morph” cheetah. Not an albino cheetah, it is rather one with an extremely rare genetic color variation significantly reducing its number of spots. Guy was the first to photograph and paint the great cat. The last morph cheetah known to man was shot in Tanzania in 1921. Guy’s urgency to paint it had several motivations: to heighten awareness of its existence and to encourage monitoring and protecting it.

The area where it was discovered is home to one of the highest cheetah populations in East Africa. Important factors to the population size are the lack of larger predators that could threaten their existence, a large prey base and an area relatively protected from new development. This, of course, is the greatest problem that cheetahs face and Combes has faintly suggested an encroaching settlement complete with cell phone tower on the ridge in the middle distance. Beyond are Kenya’s Ngong Hills.

A setting full moon and the rising sun are intentionally symbolic here. The moon represents Artemis, the goddess of animals and forests and the sun, Apollo, the god of arts. The title, Phantom, suggests an elusive, mythical entity that exists somewhere between night and day.

For ways you can help protect this rare morph cheetah go to Action for Cheetahs in Kenya http://www.actionforcheetahs.org/ or Athi Kapiti Conservancy http://cheetah.wildlifedirect.org/

Sizing & Pricing

MasterWork™
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

Limited to 15 s/n. 38"w x 19"h. (unstretched)
$695

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
Limited to 50 s/n. 28"w x 14"h.
$395
(Available with gallery wrap opion for additional $30.)

 

Phantom by Guy Combes




About Guy Combes

Guy Combes was born in Kenya in 1971, the son the late wildlife artist Simon Combes. His art background came not just from his father but an interest in exploring different forms of media and commercial application.  His education included sculpture and design at college in England where he also majored in history of art. He returned to Kenya in 2001 and quickly rekindled his love for Africa and her wildlife, becoming involved in a number of conservation causes for which he now tirelessly campaigns including Soysambu Conservancy―his Kenyan home―and preserving the rich mosaic of biodiversity in the Great Rift Valley.

Guy has been Artist-in-Residence at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey since 2006 and this have given him the opportunity to reach an American audience, not just with his art, but his experience of Africa. He is a signature member of both Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists from whom his work has been awarded and accepted into national museums and tours. He regularly revisits Kenya where he leads expeditions for artists and groups of conservation biology students from the U.S. He has also regularly lectured at zoos and universities on the East Coast including Yale and George Mason, with whom he has set up research programs at a facility he helped develop at Soysambu Conservancy. 

This is where he has found his niche and the future for Guy will involve his time being spent working on artistic projects that bring awareness to international audiences and developing his own field knowledge on the ground in Kenya in order to inform himself and the people he is so passionate about showing it to.






 

 



 

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