Larry, a chimp formerly used in medical research, now resides at the Save the Chimps sanctuary which offers painting as an enrichment activity.
(Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals Media)
Art such as the ‘Primal Expressions’ series created by chimpanzees continues to raise important questions about creative instincts in non-human animals.
‘Four uprights, red and black’ [TP62] c1965
polyvinyl acetate and pigment on hardboard
122 x 183 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, gift of Frank Watters 2018, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program © The estate of the artist
Forty-five years after his death, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has mounted a major exhibition of Tony Tuckson, focussing on his intensely personal Abstract Expressionist works
A fern repeats its pattern at various scales.
Fractals are patterns that repeat at increasingly fine magnifications. They turn up in the natural world and in artists’ work. Research suggests they contribute to making something aesthetically appealing.