Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"A Lion Called Christian"

Christian the Lion oil painting by New Zealand wildlife artist Karen Neal

Oils on Canvas, 16x20in

THE PAINTING OF CHRISTIAN WAS SOLD BY SILENT AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE GEORGE ADAMSON WILDLIFE PRESERVATION TRUST


II was really excited to be painting Christian the Lion, an incredible story about human-animal relationships and a symbol of the importance of animal & wildlife conservation today. The enchanting story of Christian has always fascinated me and without fail - upon watching the now infamous YouTube video, and/or documentary - always reduces me to tears (much to my son's amusement!). Christian was purchased from a Harrods Pet Store in London 60's by young travelling Australians Ace Bourke & John Rendall. When Christian was becoming too big for his London abode, Ace & John sought the assistance of Virginia McKenna & Bill Travers, who contacted George Adamson in Kenya, and soon Christian was winging his way to George's hands, to be successfully rehabilitated and released into the wilds of Africa.

I initially contacted Ace Bourke as to his thoughts on painting Christian, and have since been given kind permission from the late Bill Travers' family, and the official photographer of Christian, Derek Cattani, to use their photos as references for 2 paintings. The first painting seen here is with permission from Derek Cattani. Both of these paintings will be donated respectively to the Born Free Foundation & the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust.

LIMITED EDITION GICLEE PRINTS AVAILABLE
(signed and limited to 50)

Please contact me to order.

Number 1 Print is framed and available for $495 (available from Lilac Wine, Rapaura, New Zealand).

Number 2 Print has been donated to John Rendall to raise funds for the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust.

Numbers 1-10 $350
Numbers 11-20 $400
Numbers 21-30 $450
Numbers 31-40 $500
Numbers 41-50 $550

John and Ace with Christian the Lion in the UK in 1970s. Painting donation by wildlife artist Karen NealGeorge Adamson with Christian as an adult lion. Painting donation to George Adamson Wildlife Trust by wildlife artist Karen Neal >


Click on the image below to view the amazing YouTube video of Christian's reunion with John & Ace a year after he had been in Africa

Christian the Lion reunion

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