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Joel Kirk paints for the gorillas
25 February 2009

Renowned artist and great lover of gorillas, Joel Kirk, is putting oil to canvas once again for the Gorilla Organization, by painting a stunning portrait of Titus, the famous ‘gorilla king’. The final painting, due for completion in November, will be sold to raise funds for the endangered gorillas and a limited number of prints will be available exclusively through the Gorilla Organization website.

Joel was inspired to paint Titus after watching the documentary about his life on television in 2008. Titus, fondly know by many as the gorilla king, was named by the late Dian Fossey who was observing his family when he was born in 1974. Since then, Titus has been under almost constant observation and has sired more children than any other gorilla on record.

“After watching the marvellous television documentary about Titus’ life, and then hearing about the 2009 Year of the Gorilla, I was inspired to paint this remarkable gorilla to raise funds to protect him and the rest of his gorilla family. I hope the painting does him proud”, Said Joel Kirk.

“ I have chosen to use oil on canvas to capture Titus’ personality and have dedicated enough time for this painting to allow the work to realise its full potential”.

As a dedicated supporter of the Gorilla Organization since the early 1990’s, Joel has generously donated a great number of beautiful gorilla paintings, which over the years have fetched a significant amount of money for the gorillas. Joel’s work is also featured on the t’shirts received by all adoptive parents of Amy the gorilla, and as Joel designs new t’shirts each year they have now become collector’s items.

Click here to find out more about Joel Kirk’s life and work.  

for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
Mobile: 07801 971123