The animal kingdom is made up of numerous creatures with unique anatomies and colors. Los Angeles-based artist Wayne Tsay celebrates the diversity of nature by challenging himself to create expressive portraits of mammals, fish, and reptiles. His distinct style renders creatures with broad brush strokes, recognizable shapes, and delicate color palettes.
From a striped tiger stalking in the woods to a clownfish peeking from behind underwater plants, these portraits celebrate different species as they go about their daily lives and activities. Tsay does not focus on the details of his subjects but prefers to paint a more general picture of the animal in motion. Similarly, he communicates the shape of each subject's body by applying color in bold, rectangular swatches.
While some pieces pair the rendering of the animal with a natural environment, others juxtapose the subject with an abstract background. Tsay purposefully keeps the background pared down so that the viewer's attention is solely focused on the animal, which in turn highlights the elegance of the subject's form.
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