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Gary Hodges is the UK’s best selling and most collectable pencil artist. He has sold over 107,000 personally signed and numbered prints from 129 limited editions. 116 of these editions have sold out. The fact he is both a self-published and a self-taught artist makes it all the more impressive.
The huge demand for Gary’s prints has led to a lucrative secondary market rewarding collectors with more than just the beauty of his drawings. Greenpeace published his first print in 1987. The 850 edition cost £8.50 ($13.15) each and sold out within weeks. In recent years that print Green Turtle has changed hands for up to £3,500 ($5425) … an investment increase of more than 400 times! Many other editions continue to realise fantastic secondary market prices.
His enthusiastic collectors have supported him throughout his career. This popularity has enabled him to follow his heart and support charities dear to him and through his prints and drawings well over $850,000 has been given back to protect the wildlife he feels so passionate about.
Gary’s love for animals clearly shines through his drawings. It also shows in his everyday life, whether befriending a dog on the street, swimming with lemon sharks in the Maldives or green turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, touching a wild grey whale in Mexico, cradling an orphaned orang-utan in Borneo … or simply observing, absorbing and photographing the beauty he sees.
His many accolades include the “Oscars” of the UK published art world, the “Best Selling Artist of the Year” and “Best Selling Images by a Living Artist” (two years in succession) from the Fine Art Trade Guild. Other winners of these awards include Rolf Harris, Jack Vettriano, and David Shepherd.
In October 2010 a major six week retrospective of his art was staged by “Nature in Art”, the World’s first and Europe’s only museum dedicated to art inspired by the natural world. Gary is the first pencil artist to be awarded a solo show at this prestigious museum. A limited edition book “Drawn to the Soul” was published to coincide with this landmark event and is now almost sold out. A coffee table book is planned for late 2013.
A group exhibition titled “Wildlife Masters” is taking place at “Nature in Art” in August 2013. The four week show will feature five artists, David Shepherd, Simon Combes, Anthony Gibbs, Geoffrey Dashwood and Gary. He will undertake a four day artist in residency during the show, making a record total of 22 times as artist in residence at the museum.
2010 also presented Gary with an innovative new venture into 3D. He adorned a five foot fibreglass elephant with a collage of his prints for London’s biggest ever outdoor art event, the Elephant Parade. His sculpture, “Tattoo – Born to be Wild” was positioned with a small herd in Green Park marching towards Buckingham Palace. For nine weeks over the summer 260 beautiful elephant sculptures brightened up London. The subsequent auction raised $6,340,000 for elephant conservation. Gary created his elephant especially for Born Free and it sold for almost $20,000.
Many famous names collect his art. Martina Navratilova, Kristin Davis, Kiki Dee, Virginia McKenna, Supremes Mary Wilson and Scherrie Payne are just a few from an ever expanding list. Add to this many dedicated people working closely with wildlife in conservation groups; charities like the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Animals Asia and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Gary’s art has been exhibited and sold in capital cities around the world and hundreds of times throughout the United Kingdom, including the Natural History Museum, Harrods, the Royal Geographical Society, the Savoy, Christies and Sotheby’s auction houses.
His passion for wildlife and wild places has drawn him to five continents in search of references for his drawings. Recent visits to the Great Barrier Reef and the Maldives have opened his eyes to a new fascinating underwater world … a trip to see the unique creatures of the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica are next in the Spring of 2013.
Gary has been drawing animals professionally since 1980. During that time he has sold well over 200 of his expressive pencil drawings. Now at a gentler pace, he continues to create his drawings, continues to donate his art to charities that protect our fragile planet and continues to travel to exotic places to see the wonderful creatures that fill him with the inspiration to draw… the circle of life.
Support for Conservation:
Gary says “I can’t imagine making a living drawing wildlife and not giving something back. Rest assured by purchasing my prints you are also helping wildlife. In 2012 I’m pleased to say over $44,000 was raised for wildlife charities from my prints and originals.”
He will be staging a major solo charity show at the Mall Galleries, London to follow on from the wild success of his 1994 show. It was a sell out with all 21 originals and over 900 L/E prints raising a staggering $142,000 for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Born Free.
In the past year or so Gary has regularly placed sold out prints on the “Giving Lots” charity auction website http://www.givinglots.co.uk/news/Gary_Hodges_Wildlife_Art to great success. The 26 prints auctioned so far have raised over $17,500 for various wildlife charities.
Since 1987 Gary’s art has contributed well over $870,000 to wildlife conservation and animal welfare charities.