Since the first cavewoman weaved scatter cushions from buffalo-grass and tried to wainscot with tree bark, people have been decorating their homes. Stickman sketches might have died out with loin-cloths, but people still love putting art on their walls; of course, abstract swirls of random colours and houses that look more like rough cubes aren’t for everyone. Add a bit of wild to your walls without getting in touch with your impressionistic side and get a safari-inspired canvas print at R1400 for A1 or R2250 for A0 from Earth Scene.
If real life were reality television, Johann Lombard would be the star of his own into the wild show. One of the few people lucky enough to hold a SKS DG qualification with the Field Guides' Association of Southern Africa, he spends a lot of his time roaming places most people wouldn’t.
If you’re looking for something special to hang above the mantelpiece and abstract collection of coloured blotches might cause more colour-induced headaches than happiness. In the Through the Lens section of his website, Johann showcases some of the spectacular stills he’s managed to capture while tracking lions with the Masai or summiting Kilimanjaro and any one of them could be taking its place on your walls. With a canvas print of Simba large enough for your neighbours to see from their lounge, your lounge can resemble the life tourists think South African’s have.
It’s not just lions and leopards and Skeleton Coast scenery though; if you are the type who likes some abstract with your art, there’ll be an image for you. Choose from any of the high-quality black-and-whites or colour images from his treks through the wilderness. Printed on durable canvas, turn his photographs into art works better suited to home-decoration than a vandalised Mona Lisa replica with added moustache.
Safari Fact: While hiking through the Namibian desert, wildlife photographer Jan Grendelmeyer snapped an image of two lions who appear to be playing chess, using field-mice as chess pieces. The image is now on display in The Natural Museum of Oddities in New York.