News from TASIS England
This series of intimate portraits of endangered mammals is exhibited in partnership with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. The exhibition will show from 5 September to 5 October 2013, in the Fleming Gallery.
Lauren Dorman, TASIS England 1989 alumna, completed her Masters of Art in Natural History Illustration with an Ecology Emphasis at the Royal College of Art, London in 1996. This followed an Illustrative Arts degree with first class honors from City & Guilds London Art School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Parsons School of Design in Paris. Since graduation, she has worked as a freelance wildlife artist, illustrator and graphics designer and has illustrated several publications, and exhibited in group and solo shows. Lauren actively supports several conservation groups, including the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for the survival of some of the most threatened species on earth.
I am inspired by natural forms and in particular, the wild inhabitants of this world and our delicate co-existence with them. Through decades of observing their behavior and drawing their features, I am continually moved by their majesty and their rightful place in the world. My expeditions to study threatened species have taken me across five continents to some remote wilderness areas such as the Amazon basin and the Cameroon Nigerian rainforest corridor. Primates, in particular, have been a compelling choice of subject and one that I return to time and time again. With natural forms, I like to work loosely, crop closely, and find unusual angles to abstract and to reveal in an unexpected way. My hope is that this new dimension inspires reflection in the viewer. As a committed conservationist, I hope to pay tribute to these animals in their natural habitat –to show others the beauty that exists and how important it is to preserve it.
More and more people are noticing our impact on the world and the threat we pose to our habitat and all its inhabitants. Despite this increase in interest, there are still many species whose population has dropped to such a low point in the wild, that their extinction is inevitable without the aid of captive breeding programs. We are losing many species each day, mostly through loss of habitat, as we encroach further and further into wild spaces. The approaching extinction of many of our closest living relatives—monkeys, apes, and prosimians—and the destruction and loss of their habitats highlights the need to offset the effects of the current decline in natural resources. I have been fortunate enough to see several of the world’s rainforest up close, and it is devastating to see the speed at which they are disappearing. The work of David Shepherd and his Wildlife Foundation has been inspirational. They form a small organization that packs a big punch with their focused projects. They support a range of innovative, vital, and far-reaching programs throughout Africa and Asia, and achieve real results for wildlife survival. One of their key aims is to educate students about endangered wildlife through art and school projects, in order to engage and inspire the next generation. I am very honored to be showing at my alma mater in partnership with the David Shepherd Foundation.