Predator vs. Prey -              (Alfredo Everson)

In this gallery, you will see a variety of paintings and sculptures that show the cruel survival tactics of this world. Rather this happens naturally or for entertainment purposes, the key to survival is having the ability to become the hunter without becoming the hunted. In this world, you are either the predator (one that preys, destroys, or devours) or the prey (someone who is easily harmed or affected in a bad way by someone or something). Kill or be killed.

"Lion Attacking a Horse" is a sculpture created by Antonio Susini that really shows the strength and brutality of the lion. Notice the sharp lines that show the lions teeth marks and claws ripping through the flesh of the horse. This bronze sculpture focuses on the emotions of the lion as well as the horse as they interact with each other. It is easy to see that the horse has become the lion’s prey.
This sculpture entitled “ A Fox with a Chicken” shows a lifeless chicken in the mouth of a fox as it does what it normally does for a meal. Although this sculpture was made in 1732, farmers today will still complain of a fox imposing it’s natural instincts of making chickens prey on their properties.
“The Panther Hunter” is a very interesting sculpture as it captures the man in mid motion attempting to spear the panther as it attacks. If you look closely, you will see that the hunter is attempting to steal a baby panther in his left hand. This makes for a very interesting conversation. Will the hunter acting as a predator get away with the panthers? Or will the panther overcome the spear and save its young, making the hunter its prey?
The bronze sculpture entitled “Minoan bull leaper” is another interesting sculpture. It shows a man leaping over a massive bull in an attempt to grab its horns and hop on its back. This is very hard to believe as the arms and legs of the leaper are missing, giving off the impression that the bull came out as the predator. Do you believe this can be done?
“Rider Killing a Bull” is a bronze sculpture that has not two, but three physical beings interacting. The man is attempting to arouse action from the bull by sitting on top of a horse. The three-dimensional space surrounding the sculpture as well as the prediction of the movements from the animals and man show that the bull is being preyed upon. The bull looks helpless as it try’s to run for cover.
Here is a work of art that shows a gladiator being mauled by a lion for entertainment called “Marble relief with lion and gladiator”. The gladiator was most likely a criminal, prisoner of war, or a slave. They would fight in a Roman arena with people watching. Usually the gladiator would end up the lions prey as depicted in this image.
This painting by Bruno Liljefors entitled “Hawk and Black-Game” has life and shows a hawk at it’s most dominant position. The colors in this painting depicts that it is a cold winter and is very active. As the hawk swoops down on the grouse making it prey, you can see the other birds scattering about so its predator would not victimize them as well.
This oil on canvas work of art entitled “Hunting Ostriches” makes the prey obvious to point out. The painting however brings most of its features to the man and the horse. The movement as well as the use of colors makes for a very interesting piece of art. Notice how the horse looks as if it is almost gliding in air as the man prepares to capture its prey.
“A Wild Boar at Bay” by Frans Snyders is very graphic. The wild boar stands against the tree in defense against the dogs that try to corner it. Being out numbered by the dogs, the boars determined look on its face shows that it will not become prey easily. Eventually, the boar will become exhausted and be overcome by its predator.
“Aimo and Vermondo Killing Two Wild Boars” created in about 1400 shows two men hunting the boars along with there dogs. This folio shows the puncturing of the boars flesh from the men swords. Although the boars seem to put up a fight, it looks as if there injuries are much too severe to resist becoming prey.
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