Endangered: Orangutan

Endangered: Orangutan 2011 360 x 470mm

The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is the second I chose to do in this series. One of our closest relatives, the Orangutan is part of the large group of species being driven to extinction by the palm oil trade. I had the pleasure of seeing some Orangutans in the wild on a holiday to Borneo which sadly is a pleasure that most people will soon not be able to experience. I found the Orangutans to have some of the most expressive eyes I have ever come across and thus tried to replicate this in the etching.

© John Sharp 2016