“I’ve always wondered what life would be like if our roles at the top of the food chain were different and humans were at the bottom, so I decided to create an environment where all animals take the top of the pyramid and humans to live in the wild at the bottom,” explains Ukrainian artist Volodymyr Pielikh.
The artwork works to shed light on the illegal wildlife trade. “To have a stuffed animal head on the wall of someone’s home never sat right with me,” he adds. “I wanted to draw the animals altogether and with human-like bodies and attitudes so that people would realise that we are all equal.”
“All life is valuable and should be respected equally. Every wild animal only takes what is needed for survival, not more, not less. We must do the same. Being the smartest species means we have a greater responsibility to do what is for the greater good and we must use it to protect even the weakest; not over-consume or hunt them to extinction.”
Born in a small urban town in Ukraine, Volodymyr Pielikh realised his love for art after attending a small art school at 13. However, he went on to attend the Polytechnic University National of Odesa, where he began studying at their Institute of Computer Engineering. He later worked as a model and actor across the globe, and his love for arts became more of a hobby. However, the Covid-19 pandemic allowed him to refocus on his first passion, art—and now, you can find his work across the globe.
He specialises in acrylic paint, oil pastels and digital drawings, but also has a love for clay and creating 3D sculptures. “In a lot of my art I like to create images of male and female bodies as well as to use my art to show the world’s political or ecological problems to bring people’s attention to it in a different way. I think it's very important that we as humans are all aware of the global problems,” he says.
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What is a Giclée Print?
The word “Giclée” is French for “sprayed ink.” Today, the term is used to describe a sophisticated inkjet printmaking process which creates the highest quality fine art reproductions. All of our inhouse prints are manufactured in this way. Giclée printing offers extra-fine image resolution, helping to retain a higher degree of detail from the original fine art or photographic images. What are the dispatch times?
Posters, Mini, Small and Medium prints are generally dispatched within a 10 days of purchase. What happened if my print is damaged during transit?
Large prints are dispatched within three weeks of purchase *Note: COVID may affect normal dispatching schedules
We require photo proof of the damaged print within 7 days. If the damage is confirmed to occur during transit, we will gladly send a replacement.