surealist animals graphite pencil drawing

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The last of the dutch elephants – 12-05-16 (sold)


Sometimes the last of the dutch elephants roam the streets of beach town Scheveningen at the North Sea. A small group of them still manage to live in the dunes outside The Hague. However, they feel comfortable to wander about in the city on Sunday morning when everybody still is asleep. They are well reknown by their behaviour of browsing through garbage cans, looking for a bite-to-eat. All other natural food resources common to elephants are destroyed by humans. Consequently they tend to become extinct also by mistaking plastic waste for food. Unfortunately the beaches at Scheveningen are littered with tons of plastic left by beach visitors, each day.


A month later I was happy to see them once again in Gouda and I suspect some elephants migrated to that city unnotedly. Hence, my second graphite pencil drawing ‘The Return of the Dutch Elephants – 12-07-16’. Perhaps it is premature to say that the dutch elephant population is carefully recovering but the first signs are encouraging. In the future people even can even learn to live side by side with small but also larger animals without disturbing the balance  Do you think I am a liar? Well, I can be but if I am not mistaken these lands were flocked by mammuts in the past. My point is that human kind is behaving like yeast. We all know where that leads to.

Click here to read about the sale of this art work to an American collector through Singulart.


Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers