White Rhino Head Study - 2016 SOLD OUT
The white rhinoceros is also called the square-lipped rhino and looking at Hamish’s sculpture it is easy to see why. His White Rhino Head Study shows its wide straight mouth and the characteristic pair of horns on its snout. Its huge flared nostrils remind us that it has a highly developed sense of smell to alert them to the threat of danger, as its eyesight is relatively poor. Smell is also an essential part of how these animals communicate with each other using scent markings.
Hamish’s striking White Rhino sculpture conveys a real sense of the power of this remarkable animal, sadly in danger by high rates of poaching for its valuable horn.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
Rhinos may appear cumbersome, but are as quick and agile as a horse. While at Lewa Conservancy in Kenya in 2016, I spent many mornings visiting a waterhole, watching a white rhino mother and calf. On a field research trip, I aim to start a sculpture by working in plasticine directly from life. At the same time I take hundreds of photos so that I can then finish the sculpture in my studio. "Currently there are around 4,800 black rhino and 20,000 white rhino remaining in Africa but poaching accounts for as many as three a day."– Charlie Mayhew MBE, Chief Executive, Tusk Trust