status: vulnerable numbers: In the early 1970s, demand for ivory soared and the amount of ivory leaving Africa rose to levels not seen since the start of the century. Over 80% of all the raw ivory traded came from poached elephants. This illegal trade was largely responsible for reducing the African elephant population from 3-5 million to current levels. In the 1980s, for example, an estimated 100,000 elephants were being killed per year and up to 80% of herds were lost in some regions. However, in countries where wildlife management authorities are chronically under-funded, poaching still appears to be a chronic, significant problem.- WWF
While the title of the painting references the ivory trade which has severely impacted elephant populations it also, secondarily, references the ivory towers of higher education with a loosely referential grassland of books. Education and knowledge are our strongest tools for making change in the world.
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Ivory Tower, African Elephants
Ivory Tower (African Elephants).2015.oil and graphite on panel.40” x 40”.$5900
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Original artworks are all created on the finest archival papers, panels, canvas and linen with archival applications and medium. Thank you art school in NY and Italy.
The large panels in Britt's original paintings are beautifully custom built by HoldStudio http://www.holdstudios.com/HOLD/Products.html in Tacoma, WA.
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