Animal art in South Africa: ‘Pigcasso’ draws the snout freely

Status: 04/17/2022 08:18 AM

In Franschhoek, South Africa, “Pigcasso” creates enthusiasm: she paints – with brush and paint. The girl’s talent for drawing was discovered by chance. Pictures can now be viewed in Germany soon.

Written by Jana Jinth, ARD Studio Johannesburg

Abstract art: the pig “Pigcasso” clicks his nose on the palette and points at the pictures he previously painted with a brush. The panels are colored and show circles, strokes, lines, and spots. “It’s funny that people come into the barn to see a Pegaso. There are usually two reactions: ‘Wow, it’s huge!'” “Oh, art is really good,” says Joanne Levson, who works with the pig. People really have to pinch themselves: “They ask themselves: Can it be good to draw a pig?”

The truth is that pictures are sold out. You pay the equivalent of €100 for a print – or sometimes €2,000 for an acrylic on canvas original. Lefson uses it to fund her sanctuary in Franschhoek, which she founded for farm animals. She has already given a new home to some animals from the farms. Two pigs were among the first inhabitants, and he snatched them from a pig-fattening farm. To keep them from getting bored, she gave them some balls and some brush as well.

“The piglet now known as ‘Pigcasso’ was interested in the brushes. He ruined everything else but loved the brush. I saw that and thought, ‘Maybe there’s something I can do with it,'” Lefson says. “If you cut out brushes and installed a canvas, you might paint.”

Joanne Liveson was looking for a job for her piglets six years ago and discovered Pigcasso’s artistic talent.

Photo: Jane Genth

Up to an hour a day

It wasn’t long before “Pigcasso” took the brushes in his mouth and let them fly across the canvas. This is still the case today. Lefson dip brushes in paint, which is what you choose, of course. I put them – head down – in containers so the full-mouthed pig just needs to grab the handle and go.

Lefson talks about some kind of collaboration: “”Pigcasso does all the work with the brush. I work in the background, move the paint pots around, and occasionally flip the image over if it needs more colors in one place. But it is she who produces abstract images, expressive art. ”

They start seeding early in the morning and draw between 30 and 60 minutes. There are always interrupts, because they hold an apple, for example. It is important that Lefson use her artist pig to show how intelligent and unique the animals you see on farms are.

Signed with a snout: Drawing a pig attracts a lot of attention.

Photo: Jane Genth

exhibition in germany

Pigcasso will be six years old in May. Joan doesn’t know how long the hare can continue to paint: “You don’t usually see a six-year-old pig. In a pig fattening facility, it’s slaughtered after six months.” The stately rabbit, which may weigh between 500 and 600 kilograms, is “abnormal,” says Lefson: “We have to be careful what we feed her. And when she grows up, there may come a day when she can’t stand it. It’s been genetically engineered to grow.”

No wonder, then, that Pigcasso needs an artistic creative phase after his morning activity. Without a doubt, one can talk about an artistic career in the activity of Pigcasso: the works of Pigcasso have already turned into galleries. In the summer there is an exhibition in Germany: from the end of June to the beginning of September, the pictures are exhibited in the Hahn. To be seen by Munden. Exhibitions are scheduled in Great Britain and New York. In addition, a British publisher wants to publish a book about the brush-loving pig next year.

Pig art: Franschhoek has a pig to draw

Jana Genth, ARD Johannesburg, Apr 17, 2022 at 08:18 am

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