“Corridor” one of the abstract pieces depicting a wildlife corridor in a fragmented landscape. Picture © Andrew Squire.
The opening night of Andrew Squire’s new exhibition “Hinterland” was held on the 6 April 2011 at Thompson’s Gallery, London. *The exhibition highlighted the importance of biodiversity and wildlife conservation through a collection of vibrant, abstract images* – from fragmented forests and the impressive animals of Tanzania, to the more familiar wildlife of Scotland. With 10 per cent of sales donated to the World Land Trust (WLT), Andrew’s new collection not only celebrated and raised awareness about the importance of biodiversity but also directly channelled funds to conservation work across the world. The opening night was a relaxed and enjoyable evening, drawing a crowd of regular supporters of the gallery, fans of Andrew’s work, and a mix of WLT supporters, board members and trustees. *Guests had the chance to chat with the artist about his work*, based on his painting expedition to Tanzania and his home environment in the West Highlands of Scotland. These two seemingly disparate places inspired Andrew’s reflection on biodiversity and the precarious balance in which we all must live if we are to maintain a sustainable existence. *Andrew’s collection included bold paintings of Elephants, Zebras and Giraffes, along with more abstract images of wildlife corridors, a key part of WLT’s work*. These corridors are small parcels of land that connect one wildlife reserve to another, allowing animals to move safely between protected areas. The interest in these pieces gave Andrew the opportunity to explain the importance of wildlife corridors and his long-standing support for the World Land Trust. The opening night saw two paintings snapped up, titled “Hornbill” and “Field Worker”, and a total of fourteen pieces have been sold and 10 per cent of sales are going to WLT’s conservation projects. The exhibition is now closed.
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