An African Menagerie, Brian Jarvi

© Brian Jarvi 20151223

Artist Statement

African Menagerie addresses an extinction crisis that confronts Africa’s animal kingdom today. Unlike mass extinctions going back to the age of dinosaurs, the current episode is the only one that has occurred during the tenure of Homo sapiens. The spiraling loss of biological diversity, prominent ecologists say, stands to erase many of the Earth’s iconic megafauna and other small animals that imbue our quality of life with wild richness.

“What’s happening in African is disturbing but it is reflective of problems affecting wildlife around the world. It is my hope that African Menagerie will serve as a catalyst to wake people up.” – Brian Jarvi


Artist Biography

Brian Jarvi’s career has spanned more than a quarter century. In 1989, his career took a pivotal turn following a month long safari to Kenya and Tanzania. Interest, transformed into passion for the flora, fauna, land, and people of Africa which has beckoned him back ten times since. Consequently, subjects of The Dark Continent have come to dominate his work. The universal appeal of the great iconic species he paints has created a broad international audience for his work, and he is now considered one of the world’s premiere painters of African Wildlife. Brian Jarvi has received numerous honors and awards in that time, including the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists, and twice being named Safari Club International’s Artist of the Year. His artwork has been used to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars by numerous conservation organizations, and his concerns run deep for the future of Africa’s natural world.

Brian Jarvi was born in Floodwood, MN, and gave up a career with the railroad in 1989 to pursue his dream of wielding a brush. His work first captured attention when he won the Minnesota Duck and Pheasant Stamp competitions in successive years, and finished high in the Federal Duck Stamp contest. He now resides in Grand Rapids with his wife Raelene, and their two daughters.