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Darwin’s Delusion

By Marc Alexander from his ‘In The Balance‘ series. ‘Darwin’s Delusion’, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 100cm by 100cm, (2014).


Darwin’s Delusion

Originally painted for the provocative group exhibition “Skulduggery,” presented by the Studio Gallery, Kalk Bay in September 2014. “Skulduggery”, which broadly refers to underhandedness or deception particularly when referring to politics. A fitting theme when we consider the current political antics in South Africa. But wanting to steer away from politically charged art, I opted for another current deception, that of Macro Evolution. Here the chimp stares intently at you the viewer while holding a human skull, perhaps contemplating the seven million years it took evolution to magically transform ape to man. My tongue in cheek title is a play on evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’ book “The God Delusion.”

I’ve included this painting with my “In The Balance’ series of endangered wildlife animal studies, as it is the only Chimpanzee painting I’ve done to date and the chimpanzee is listed on the IUCN Red Listas an endangered species. Between 170,000 and 300,000 individuals are estimated across its range. The biggest threats to the chimpanzee are habitat loss, poaching, and disease.


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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