Best Friends

By Marc Alexander from his ‘Touch’ exhibition. ‘Ballet Dancer’, Pencil on 300g Archival Paper, 14cm by 10cm, (2013).


Best Friends

Tales of a young girl named Tippi and her special friendship with wild animals are well known in South Africa. The stories about her growing up in the wild in Southern Africa, with her thick mane of hair and wild and free spirit.
She has become an icon for all who wish to live a life of adventure. A life unlike any other.
Born in Namibia, in 1990, to French filmmaker and wildlife photographer parents, Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré was raised in the bush for the first ten years of her life. During her childhood, she befriended the animals she lived among including an elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, as well as lions, giraffes, a banded mongoose, an ostrich, meerkats, a cheetah, a caracal, snakes, and chameleons. Pictured here, is Tippi hugging a giant bullfrog.


Touch Series

After a long season of producing portraits in oils, I returned for a while to the humble pencil. The ‘Touch’ exhibition, which opened at the Studio Gallery Kalk Bay on Friday June 14th 2013 and ran until July 3rd, was the result of that experience – a true celebration of the beauty and expressiveness of the human hand.

Several months before this show, a group of us artists got together in the studio to work on life drawings, and for me, hands are one of the most difficult parts of the human body to draw, so I decided to master this challenge by producing one hundred detailed drawings. Friends, family and even casual acquaintances, modeled their hands for me and in each drawing I tried to capture the unique character of each individual.

A great deal could be learned about a person just by observing their hands. For example, the slight hand gestures of a person in love, or the anxious mannerisms of the addicted smoker clutching his last cigarette, or the telltale scars and callouses which belong to a hard working laborer. The hands are young and old, lined and smooth and endlessly expressive and tell a hundred stories which are all captured in my hyper-realistic style.


Archival Prints

Many of Marc’s artworks are available as fine art digital prints. Professionally photographed and printed on large format inkjet printers, these prints are limited edition numbered bottom left and signed bottom right. The paper used is 320g Hahnemuhle archival watercolour paper or Van Gogh cotton canvas. The process employs fade resistant, archival inks, which boast a 100+ year fade-proof guarantee.

These prints are also available in varying sizes. The paper prints are sold plastic wrapped on an acid-free foamcore backing board. The prints on canvas can be provided stretched or rolled in a core for easy transporting. The canvas print is treated with a high quality scratch resistant matt art-sealant. Directly behind the stretched canvas print is a fixed board which gives the frame rigidity, prevents warping and ensures the frame hangs flush against the wall. Large frames are cross braced to further prevent warping.



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