The pawesome painters from New Plymouth

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 2:15 pm

Leon Piper | Drive producer

Who doesn’t love a good painting? A bit of Picasso always brightens up a room, and then there’s always that fairly popular Mona Lisa 😉 


But why let humans have all the fun? Plenty of other creatures probably have the knack to wield a brush. The Brooklands Zoo in New Zealand certainly thought so. They applied to submit a range of paintings to the New Plymouth Museum’s “Homework” art exhibition — all done by animals.

The artistic animal troupe include a Michelangelo monkey, a Picasso pig, and Monet meerkats. Assistant curator from Brooklands Zoo Eve Cozzi contacted the Museum to see if she could enter the unusual participants, asking “well all our animals live in Taranaki (NZ)…they do qualify”.

The animals displayed some particular artistic tastes during their painting sessions. Charlie the cockatoo was noted as not being terribly fond of purple paint. But, of course, the paint was non-toxic to ensure the safety of these colourful critters.

Check out the video to see some of the artists in action.

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