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White Lion from Marc Alexander’s “In The Balance” series. 

White Lion, oil on canvas, 120cm by 200cm, (2017).

The White lion of the Timbavati area is the same genus as the tawny Southeast African lion. These lions are found in some wildlife reserves in South Africa, and in wild game parks around the world. They were thought to have been native to the Timbavati region of South Africa for thousands of years, although, the first logged sighting in this region was only in 1938. Held as divine by locals, white lions first came to public notice in the 1970s, in Chris McBride’s book The White Lions of Timbavati.

Furthermore, their white color is caused by an ebbing trait derived from a less-severe mutation in the same gene that causes albinism. This gene is distinct from the gene that causes whiteness in tigers. The white lion can vary from blonde to near-white. This coloration does not appear to weaken their survival skills. The white lions of the Global White Lion Protection Trust (GWLPT) have been restored back into the wild. They have been hunting and breeding well without human intervention for a long amount of time.

To paint this majestic animal I used the traditional Grisaille technique. I plan to produce at least 12 paintings of wild cats at this size and composition.

Artist prints

Many of Marc’s artworks are offered as fine artist / giclee prints. Deftly photographed and printed on large format inkjet printers. These prints have a limited edition of 500 and are numbered bottom left and signed bottom right. The paper used is 320g Hahnemuhle museum class water-colour paper or Van Gogh cotton canvas. The process employs HP Vivera archival inks, which boast a 100+ year fade-proof promise.

These prints are also available in varying sizes. Each paper print is plastic wrapped and supported with an acid-free foamcore backing board. The prints on canvas can be provided stretched or rolled in a core for easy shipping. A high class scratch resistant matt art-sealant is used to treat each canvas print.  A fixed board which gives the stretcher firmness, prevents warping and ensures the artwork hangs flush against the wall is fixed directly behind the stretched canvas print. Further warping in larger stretchers is prevented by the addition of cross braces.