“There is something about the elephant’s
intelligence, its emotional intelligence, its ability to mourn, and its
gentleness despite its size…that makes me adore it. I adore all
creatures, naturally, but if I have to choose, it is this amazing
creature that springs to my mind, and would be my favourite endangered
species….

And when mankind is also intelligent, with the potential for
greatness and a fathomless facility for emotional intelligence, how is it
that we have travelled so far down the wrong routes?

Things have to change…..No More Dodos is
helping to make that change.”

CAROL ROYLE  Actress and No More Dodos art ambassador

 

Helping to save orphan elephants

 

Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed
for its tusks. So Geoff has been working closely with New Forest-based
artist Susie Laan to organise the Enormous Elephant Art
Exhibition
 to help save orphan elephants in
Kenya.

Geoff and Susie have gathered together work from artists around the
world, as well as local Hampshire artists, who want to help save
elephants through art.

In addition, pupils from schools around the New Forest area have been
working to create a herd of elephant sculptures made from donated and
recycled materials.

Local over-sixties, including those from local care and residential
homes, have also been involved in the project. Their work will be
displayed over the New Forest (and surrounding) areas in the weeks
leading up to the exhibition.

The Enormous Elephant Art Exhibition will be
held at Lyndhurst Community Centre on 29th and
30th October 10am to 4pm
plus a gala evening
event from 7.30pm on the Saturday, with wine, hot food,
music and a silent auction of many of the works on show. Tickets in
advance, £12.50.

Elephant paintings and sculptures will be available to buy throughout the
exhibition, with proceeds going to the care of the orphan elephants.

Please do come, or support it in some way!

 

 

 

New work by Geoff

Geoff has created some new works for the exhibition, including a ‘soft
sculpture’ representing the elephant’s ghost, to which he will be adding
an interactive conceptual element.

No More Dodos arts ambassador and musician Glenn Ross is creating a song
to be premiered at the opening of the exhibition. He has taken his theme
from Geoff’s sculpture and they have collaborated on some of the verses.

In addition, No More Dodos has created a poster featuring an early work
of Geoff’s called Sacred Elephant, a piece which was inspired by
reading the legendary poet, playwright and activist Heathcote Williams’
epic poem of the same name. The posters, signed by Geoff, will be on sale
at just £10 each.

(We will also be selling copies of Heathcote’s book at the exhibition,
accompanied by a signed card from him).

 

 

The
Elephant’s Ghost (detail), a soft sculpture by Geoff Francis

 

 

In
the studio, The Elephant’s Ghost emerges

 

 

Your chance to buy a Sacred Elephant!

A number of products have been created featuring Geoff’s Sacred
Elephant
image.

Please do contact us directly via email if you
would like to purchase any of the items below to help raise funds:

Long sleeve t-shirt –  white  (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
£16.50
Long sleeve t-shirt –  black  (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
£17.50

Short sleeve t-shirt – white (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
£13.00
Short sleeve t-shirt – black (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
£15.00

Kid’s t-shirt – white  (XS, S, M, L, XL)
£13.00

Posters (17″ x 11″)

£10.00
Sacred Elephant mugs

£  7.50

Delivery is just £2.99 per order (no matter how many items) or £3.99 for
express delivery.

 

 

 

PREVIEWING OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER…
Look out for an upcoming sale of Geoff’s work on behalf of No
More Dodos

Here’s a preview of some of Geoff’s paintings celebrating and questioning
our relationship with these magnificent creatures…

…and if you can’t wait till the next newsletter to own them, do get in
touch now!

 

The Circus Elephant by Geoff Francis
oil on paper
Inspired by an image of a young elephant at Blackpool Tower Circus

 

Sacred Elephant by Geoff Francis
print from an original painting
Inspired by Heathcote Williams’ epic poem of the same name

 

The Final Herd by Geoff Francis
oil and pastel on paper
In the Sri Lankan jungle of Anuradhapura, there is a wall of carved
elephant images which Geoff sketched in 1979. It struck him even
then that it might be the only way we would be able to see these magnificent animals
in the not too distant future. 

 

Wild Thing by Geoff Francis
oil and pastel on paper
This painting was originally conceived as a video to the Jimi
Hendrix
version of the Troggs song Wild Thing.
The conceit was that a smartly dressed businessman is sitting at a bar
leering at the cleavage of a smartly dressed woman, who has around her
neck a gold chain from which hangs a miniature ivory tusk. Gradually
blood oozes down from the tusk, and between her breasts, eventually
completely drenching her black satin dress.

 

Zoo by Geoff Francis
oil and pastel on paper
A concrete floor, a sterile environment. The bars of the cage are
suggested. The animal has gone. All that is left is a pile of dung
in the centre of the floor,
which can never feed the earth.

Elephants and rhinos are in particular keystone species, who are the
gardeners of the forest and plains. Their dung is the
seed-bearing fertiliser that maintains the ecology of
the habitats they live in.