Rafiki Primates In Art By ~Anita York Chase

Age: 49
Hometown: California
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Background and Lifestyle

Education Self Taught

Interests and Personality

BiographyMy Interest In Apes and Wildlife Art started as a child watching Lowland Gorillas at the Los Angeles Zoo; this fascination grew into a passion for Apes and Monkeys that has lasted a life time. While living in San Diego in the early ninety's I took my passion for the greater Apes and Monkeys to the next level and began a three year artistic study of Lowland Gorilla individuals and their family's at the San Diego Zoo.
InterestsThe very word - GORILLA - holds me in awe: "Half man and half beast." Early 19Th century drawings usually depicted Gorillas looking more like King Kong Monsters. It is my desire to convey to the viewer of my artwork a thought best described by naturalist George B. Schaler of the Wildlife Conservation Society: No one looks into a Gorillas eyes- intelligent, gentle, vulnerable can remain unchanged. This is what I want to convey to my viewers the spirit of humanity in these animals. That I love.
HeroesJesus Christ,Diane Fossey and Walt Disney


Lancaster Museum Art Gallery 21st Annual Juried Show Jan-March 19, 2007 Cedar Center Gallery o-Op Gallery April 13th-Current Lancaster Ca California Poppy Festival April 21-22 2007 Lancaster Ca Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery "Walk On The Wildside" Wildlife art in art" As one of the featured artist I have 13 works on display at this Exhibit. The exhibit runs from June 23rd to Aug 3rd Antelope Valley Fair 8-9 works on display Aug 25- Sept 3rd Palmdale Fall Festival dates to come Fall 2007

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Glad to see another lover of wildlife. We must save them!Keep up the good work. Very good Gorilla portrait.

Lime ( Deleted user )

Good ART Work Rafiki.


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You really capture the expressive eyes of your subject matter. Margaret, Artist at Work http://artist-at-work.co.uk


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CreateReality ( Deleted user )

Hi! Listen, I have about 6 months to prepare for my first solo show, and I was hoping you could assist me. I will need to have at least 30 paintings to display. If you could, with as much honesty as possible, please name 2 of my completed pieces that you feel I should definitely show. Also, please share 3 things with me, based on my current work, (remember be honest), that you would recommend to me for improving my art in general. I am fine if you post this on my public board because it may be interesting to others. The feedback from other artist on this website is very valuable to me. Thanks! ~Marianne

CreateReality ( Deleted user )

Well, well, so nice to meet you Cheeta. How exciting. I would love to see your work. Very nice job on the portrait Anita!

theo ( Deleted user )

Hello to you also!!!



CreateReality ( Deleted user )

Hey there, you got my attention with your new profile pic. That's not you, I'm sure. Is that a friend of yours?

iangordon ( Deleted user )

I was wondering if anyone throughout this site has ever received an enquiry from a buyer, gallery owner, or similar?


Hey you. Out of slump and new gallery with 35 new images called start again. L John


The sweetest faces.


I found your drawings with a lot of the half of the man...:) non beast. wonderfull Gorilas work. Avihai


thank you so much, love. you definately have an eye for detail as exhibited in your work. this is how it should be read, lol:)


thank you so much love you definately have an eye for detail as exhibited in your work


Hello Rafiki. Nice work here. thanks for your comment :)))


I used to watch the monkeys at the L.A. zoo myself. I will never forget the human stampede the cause by flinging poo at a large crowd. I like Cheeta. a very good representation. well done.


Yeah, I've been painting like a maniac and teaching children's art classes! Thank you very much! Awesome work!