“Animal Poverty” Series

Animal Poverty Vegetarian Art
“Animal Poverty I”
Circa 2010, acrylic on wood
Topher Vegetarian Art

Animal Poverty II Vegetarian Art
“Animal Poverty II”
Circa 2010, acrylic on wood
Topher Vegetarian Art

Animal Poverty III Vegetarian Art
“Animal Poverty III”
Circa 2010, acrylic on wood
Topher Vegetarian Art

Animal Poverty IV Vegetarian Art
“Animal Poverty IV”
July 2011, ink on paper
Topher Vegetarian Art

Animal Poverty V Vegetarian Art
“Animal Poverty V”
December 2011, ink on paper
Topher Vegetarian Art

Animal Poverty VI Vegetarian Art
“Animal Poverty VI”
July 2013, ink on paper
Topher Vegetarian Art

Enjoy two of our best vegetarian art treats this evening. We’ve got fashion! See our darling pigeon sport her Gucci bag. Our “Bambie” deer is looking wonderful in her hat and pearls. Both look great on their gourmet plates. We’ve got magnificent food! There’s a multiple course meal of fox piping hot with bills and coins. Be sure to ask your cock server for a sample of fish or gold bouillon fresh from the oven. Darlings, this food and fashion is to die for!

Vegetarian Art Theme

“Let’s examine your dear old grandmother’s leg. Pale, veiny, and kinda fleshy. Mmm-mmm. That’s money on the bone. Let’s chop that leg up. Slice it thin and make a few sandwiches out of it and put it in stacked sealed plastic bags at the supermarket. And make that leg-meat cheap. Real cheap, cheap-as-we-can-get, so cheap that we don’t care how it feels when that blade cuts through the flesh and bone or whether she was well-cared for or left writhing in waste when her limbs were so kindly parted. Put it on those shelves. Get some people to eat grandma on TV with big smiles and white teeth. Not selling? Hell, let’s throw in a bonus. Let’s give all the kids that buy a little bit of grandma a free toy. And then let’s get some more grandmothers, chop em up, sell em, sell em quick, chop em up, sell em… This, my friends, is the modern meat industry, and it is cruel.” (Ehlers, Andrew)

Vegetarian Art Symbols

There’s many fun things happening here in this series of vegetarian art. Grabbing the chicken’s neck and gathering its attention via vegetarian art here is important to Topher. This explains the grotesque, yet funny, arrangements and situations in the vegetarian art. Violence in the vegetarian art demonstrates people’s attitudes toward animals, but also simply adds shock value. The bright colors in the vegetarian art demonstrate childish acts, but again add to shock value. The terrible foods that these animals are being turned into represent mediocre products and fast food, but, of course, add to shock value. Such symbols of capital like monkey, gold, and high fashion represent the profits made from such an innocent living subject in this vegetarian art. All things tie together to express the theme of the vegetarian art.

Vegetarian Art Construction

The style in which this vegetarian art was constructed is simple. The original pieces of the vegetarian art were constructed by painting on a 9×12 wood panel designed for painting and drawing using acrylic paint. Simple shapes and bright colors create attraction of the eye to this vegetarian art and the brush strokes add to the detail of the vegetarian art. The look and feel of these vegetarian art works connected to a higher theme of Topher’s works.


2 responses to ““Animal Poverty” Series

  1. …sadly beyond the scope of most peoples’ experience. I of course grasp the message, as an animal-protecting vegetarian. The art is nicely ‘pop’ or cartoony; I like that style as well, and if Topher is highly productive and willing to really push himself he could ascend from the acceptably well-designed to actual art a la the masters.

  2. Thanks much, David! I am definately trying to succeed where I haven’t before with my vegetarian art. Glad you like the “pop” style too. You might like my octopus pictures too. It’s nice to hear your thoughts!

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