Posts Tagged ‘elephants’

Artist of the moment…….Bharti Kher



Bharti Kher is a contemporary artist who is renown for her work with bindi or bindis, sometimes called the third eye or the “dot” worn by Indian women. Kher works as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Her sculptures are often life size works of very large animals such as elephants.

The artist began to use the bindi in the mid 1990s.

Price range information: Most works range from $40,000 to $400,000. Occasionally photographs can be found for less than $10,000.

Bharti Kher was born in London, England in the year 1969.

Her flat works often include bindis glued to wood panel.

In this clip a very large elephant that takes 7 or 8 people to carry is taken to Sotheby’s to get ready for an auction:

Kher is now based out of New Delhi, India.

Below a longer interview with Bharti Kher from 2014:

I always enjoy when items from a culture or country are included in artwork. That is why I so enjoy Inuit and Shona art. Kher work has a great sense of culture and humanity.



Artist of the moment…..photographer Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt is a wonderful photographer born in          England in the year 1966. Brandt is renown for his photography of the African landscape and the animals it contains. Brandt only shoots her artwork on the continent of Africa. For his artistic education Brandt attended the Saint Martins College of  Art and Design.

Brandt is very concerned with environmental causes and started his own movement and charity which is named the Big Life Foundation. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the number of elephants that are slaughtered for their tusks.

Brandt started off in the entertainment industry directing music videos. He was a very successful director. Just a few of the entertainers he has worked with include Michael Jackson and Moby.


Whilst shooting a video with Michael Jackson in Africa the artist became very aware of his passion for animals. He has worked tirelessly to capture these images before these locales become extinct due to man. Brandt started to document his African journeys in 2000. Many images are made into books.

Below Nick Brandt talks about an exhibition given in 2012:

A wonderful collection of images of Africa taken by Nick Brandt:

Based out of Topanga, California.

price range information:  Works range from $ 14,000 to $140,000.