Gary Hodges is passionate about animals and this clearly shines through his intricate and personal drawings. It shows in his every day life, whether in befriending a dog on the street, stroking rescued wolves, touching a wild grey whale or cradling an orphaned orang-utan. It is also transparent in his commitment to helping preserve wildlife.
Throughout his career he has actively supported charities that have captured his imagination and touched his heart, such as Greenpeace. His first major solo exhibition in the Mall Galleries raised £90,000 for The Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), 100% of all sales. "I can’t imagine making a living from drawing wildlife and not giving something back” says Gary, almost apologetically. So far he has raised well over half a million pounds for wildlife from the sale of his originals and limited edition prints.
Part of Gary's appeal is his love of animals, his personal attachment to his drawings and the people who buy them. He makes many public appearances and has deliberately aimed his art at a wide range of collectors rather than focusing on an elite. His passion for wildlife and wild places has taken him to many parts of the world on research trips, including Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Portugal, Nepal and Australia. As a result we are rewarded with his extraordinarily intimate drawings of African and Asian elephants, tigers, lions, orang-utans, wolves, lemurs, snow leopard, jaguar and so many more. He gains additional inspiration from his wonderful home in the pine-clad hills of Ibiza.
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