Hisham Echafaki is a self-taught painter whose body of works focuses on patterns in nature and the animal world. Working in oil , acrylic or resin, his work often features surrealist compositions with animals with a particular emphasis on endangered species. Whilst his work evokes a sense of wonderment for nature’s colours and patterns, it often incorporates anthropomorphic and trompe-l'oeil features that engage the viewer to reflect on our complex relationship with the animal world as well the importance of conservation and protection of the planets rich diversity.
Hisham Echafaki also paints multidimensional portraits of animals, in resin and Perspex giving the optical illusion that they are or were once real specimen. The animals often display anthropomorphic features on their wings or bodies with recognizable patterns found in art, design, science or architecture while others are simply more lifelike. Each piece is a tribute to the beautiful intricacy and complexity of the animal world but also a critique of how humans are affecting and shaping evolutionary changes in animal species.
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