- Oil on canvas
- 18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7 cm.)
- Year: 2008
- Extra Info:
Signed and titled in English and Hebrew, dated, all on verso
Location: Houston, Texas
Seller: Gilad Efrat and Inman Gallery, Houston, TX.
Israeli artist Gilad Efrat's idea for creating a series of primate portraits originated in a poster advertising an art exhibition at the Houston Zoo in 2006. Celebrating the artwork made by chimpanzees at the zoo, the poster called for the public to come and appreciate the paintings by primates. The artist was instantly struck by the concept of the show, especially for the instantaneous connection it drew to his own profession. Drawing from his most recent series of paintings, which explored the surface and textures within landscapes, the artist decided to stretch the primate's face as much as possible across the canvas. The resulting paintings, of which 'Looking II' is one of the last remaining examples available for sale, presented the incredibly expressive face of each ape with the depth, rugged textures and majestic beauty seen in the artist's landscapes.