Martin Aveling

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Martin Aveling (born 1982)[1] is a wildlife artist, who specialises in pastel drawings of animal subjects.

Young life[edit]

He grew up in England, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo with his conservationist parents, Conrad and Rosalind Aveling, who at one time ran a mountain gorilla project in Rwanda. While the family was moving to southern Sudan in 1983, Conrad was kidnapped by Sudanese rebels and held hostage.[2]After a dramatic rescue, plans changed, and they ended up moving to the Democratic Republic of Congo to set up the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) in the Virunga National Park.

Career[edit]

Martin Aveling's first solo exhibition, “Metamorphosis”, was held at the Pool Room gallery in Nairobi in 2001.[3] After graduating from Bristol University in 2004 with a degree in Geography, he became a regular on the London wildlife art scene, and has exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ event.[4]He also designed an elephant for the London Elephant Parade [5] in 2010, and an egg for The Big Egg Hunt by Fabergé, which took place in London over Easter, 2012. His elephant, named 'Nanook'[6] sold at auction for £9,500, raising funds for Elephant Family and Fauna and Flora International. His egg, 'Pandora', sold for £4,250, raising funds for Elephant Family and Action for Children.

Wildlife conservation remains a driving force in Martin's work. In 2013, he teamed up with Elephant Family to host an exhibition at the Pertwee, Anderson & Gold gallery in London to raise funds for the Asian elephant. [7] His 2014 exhibition in London with Love Brand & Co. supported three elephant charities; Tusk Trust, Elephant Family and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. [8]

Representation and associations[edit]

In 2010 Aveling drew the first illustration of the newly discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.[9] His work has been auctioned in Paris, and featured in charity auctions hosted by Christie's and Sotheby's.

He currently resides in Cambridge.

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