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Archive > Nicole Hunt, Wanyamapori na Kahawa

Exhibition runs from 13th of November to 3pm, 26th of November 2015.

It was after travelling to East Africa in November 2010 that I re-established a love of drawing. I completed some preliminary sketches of the Kenyan landscape and its people and wildlife, then gave most of my pencils and paper away to local children. I concentrated on photography during the latter stages of the trip and when I got home to Sydney I had a renewed love of conservation and wildlife and a wealth of photographs from which to draw inspiration.

I have since entered the Blacktown Art Prize in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was selected as a finalist for exhibition for western Sydney’s premier annual art prize, from over 500 entered works, from over 300 artists, on each occasion.

I went on to make a series of pencil drawings depicting my experiences at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya, which rescues and raises orphaned elephant calves before returning them to the East African wild. A number of those works were sold from the Brunswick Street Gallery and on private commission. Family was selected as a finalist in the Hunters Hill Art Prize 2012 and was sold at exhibition, a pencil work of the Kenyan elephants, as were subsequent works of the Kenyan giraffes in 2014 and 2015.

I later travelled to Vietnam (2013), the United Kingdom and France (2014) where I completed many pencil and charcoal drawings of the Vietnamese landscape, and in Paris finished more than 50 small ink sketches of the city, most of which were completed on location.

Travelling has always continued to inform and inspire my work and it gave rise to my first solo exhibition The Watchful Traveller held at the Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy in January 2015.

Often though I return to wildlife and conservation issues, the co-existence of the world’s peoples and the lives they carve out for themselves in sometimes difficult environments as inspiration for my drawing. This exhibition is called Wanyamapori na Kahawa - Swahili for Wildlife and Coffee, two staple elements of Kenya and important to it’s continued survival. Each of these works in this exhibition is drawn from pencil, but also contains a touch of coffee as both a highlight and homage to to the place that inspired them.