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Art exhibition’s ‘celebration of wildlife from around the world’

Lifelike paintings of owls, badgers and foxes are to go on show alongside the films that inspired them at a new exhibition of wildlife art and films in Thixendale this month.

In his first art exhibition since the COVID-19 pandemic, wildlife artist Robert E Fuller is planning a wildlife extravaganza from Saturday 19th November until Friday 23rd December at his Fotherdale Farm gallery.

The event will honour the best of wildlife from around the world through art, film and photography.

“I normally hold an art exhibition at my gallery twice a year, but COVID meant we had to close to the public and I also wasn’t able to travel so my usual observations of wildlife from around the world came to a halt too,” he said.

“Since the world reopened, I’ve managed to get out and about again. I’ve been to Alaska to watch bears and even to Panama to see sloths and eagles.”

The event will feature films about the artist’s adventures abroad as well as films and artwork inspired by the stories of individual owls and kestrels living on the Yorkshire Wolds.

Mr Fuller, who paints in a detailed, lifelike style, is best known for his use of surveillance cameras to follow the stories of wild creatures.

“During the lockdowns of the pandemic I focused on the wildlife in my garden and the countryside surrounding my home on the Yorkshire Wolds,” he said.

“Thanks to cameras hidden in their nests I was able to follow individual stories of the owls, kestrels and stoats I see in my garden.

“Now I want to share their stories.”

Among the films on show will be the story of Luna, a tawny owl the artist persuaded to become a foster parent after her own eggs failed, and Mr Kes, a kestrel dad who defied textbooks by learning how to care for his six chicks after his partner disappeared.

There will be films featuring global wildlife, including bears filmed in Alaska, as previously reported in the Wolds Weekly.

“I want this to be a celebration of wildlife from around the world, with our own, local creatures, on show alongside the animals I’ve watched globally,” said the artist.

The exhibition is free to enter and there will be complimentary glasses of mulled wine and mince pies for visitors to enjoy as they browse.

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