Bonhams to Sell Painting by Dutch Artist Who Likes to Walk on the Wild Side

A painting by the renowned wildlife artist and natural born adventurer, Paul Augustinus, will be sold at Bonhams in Knightsbridge in the Sporting and Ornithological Pictures sale on Wednesday 1 August 2007. The painting depicts two cheetahs bathing in the African sunlight and is expected to fetch £6,000 – 8,000.

Unlike most other wildlife artists the Dutch born Augustinus (b.1952) has lived side by side with the animals he paints, witnessing ferocious elephant attacks and lions wandering through his campsite.

The artist, who has had successful solo exhibitions in both London and Johannesburg, has travelled through some of the most remote parts of Africa, spending ten years in Botswana and three years in Namibia. Accompanied by Pygmy porters, he would carry his food, camping gear and canvasses through Africa’s most untamed territories. The exotic animals Augustinus encountered by day fuelled his imagination and creative talent. He would make frantic sketches of them whilst in the field and paint them in the evening in a small tent swarming with midges, creating a truly natural studio.

Paul Augustinus is also the published author of several books, one of which has become a unique collectors item. Scattered with paintings and sketches, they give a stunning visual account of his journeys into the wilderness.