Size: 76cm (h) 92cm (w)
Medium: Oil on canvas
About the artwork:
The African lion must be one of the most feared of all the large beasts. Either by prey animals, or by local farmers and villagers, the lion is the source of much controversy, stirring emotion wherever it goes.
About the artist:
Beginning with an interest in art when he was young by drawing cartoons and animals, with particular memories of drawing dinosaurs and other large creatures. He continued to draw through primary school when deciding to study visual art in high school. Having been taught by an experienced artist whilst attending art classes, who noticed a talent and insisted Dario start painting as it was an extension of drawing. Dario's style is a blend of traditional art techniques with a fresh approach, for modern tastes. Dario prefers to paint subjects as a true representation of their physical appearance, thus honouring the natural beauty found in nature. Dario is influenced by the old masters and likewise, strives to achieve realism, balance and harmony in his artworks. He is also influenced by masters of modern art, which includes wildlife artists such as Raymond Harris Ching and Robert Bateman. Frank Frazetta's dynamic artworks and Boris Vallejo's skilful renditions have had a great impact on him artistically. Dario has won a number of prizes and has sold artworks in exhibitions and via commissions.