The Matriarch
The Matriarch

The Matriarch

Regular price €1,650.00
Edition: 10 - 60 x 42 cm
Edition: 10 - 84 x 60 cm
Edition: 10 - 119 x 84 cm
Finish: Hahnemühle Giclée Fine Art certified print

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About The Matriarch
The elephant is a herd animal, they cannot survive without each other and it is well-known that they will spend time mourning the death of a fellow herd member; none more so than the herd's matriarch. The elephant is a beautiful and unique animal that deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. We must work hard to ensure the survival of this most unique beast.

About Alfie Bowen
Alfie Bowen first took up photography in 2014 following a life-long interest in our natural world. He was fed up with seeing little being done about the plight facing many species across the world and so decided to use his love of photography to raise awareness. Alfie says “People tend to care more for the things they love; I hope to make people fall in love with our natural world so we can save it before it’s too late. We share planet earth with many other species and it is our responsibility to care for them and ensure that they are thriving for future generations to enjoy. Currently, we are on track to be remembered as the generation that let the elephant slip into extinction — do we really want to leave this earth with that reputation forever hanging over us?”

Bowen always researches the species he is aiming to photograph before setting foot in the field — he says “it is important to know the behaviour of your subject and to be aware of the images that already exist — there is no room for the mundane”. Hours are invested in every piece to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Bowen’s work has been shown by the BBC and hangs in houses in Spain, America and France. 2017 saw his first single-man exhibition; a sell-out within four hours. Not only is Bowen’s work a beautiful depiction of our natural world but it is also a solid investment — the value of his work continues to rise.

Vessey has exhibited at: Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2017 with Olivia Connelly Gallery, Hang Up Gallery London (2017) and Unruly Home London (2017). Other exhibitions have included Art Below 10th Anniversary in Regents Park Underground Station (2016), The Old Truman Brewery (2016), Liberty London pop up show (A Tale of Two Cities, June-July 2017). Mark’s work is on permanent display at 29 Power Station West and St Pancras Hotel London, No Walls Gallery in Brighton (Collections 2012), O Contemporary London (2008) and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (Attitude – When I’m Out, 2006).