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Rik Saggers

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Hi, I am a full time artist living in Ipswich, UK. As a child I was told that I was colour blind, I struggled to tell the difference between several colours. Art at school quickly became my worst nightmare, dreading having to draw and paint, worrying what other people would think of my art if the colours were all wrong. To solve this, my chosen style quickly turned to using graphite, the gold old pencil. This way, it was all down to the shading and tones and I did not have to worry about colours, just my technique. Looking back now, what at first seemed a disadvantage for creating art as a child and initially scared me away from art, was actually what helped me learn the basic and essential skills needed and brought back my love of art and has turned me into the artist I am today. Not every hurdle is a disadvantage! I am self taught and have been exhibiting for over 15 years within the UK. I have my art in private collections throughout the UK, Australia, US and across Europe. I am passionate about animal welfare and conservation and a few years back when I saw yet another life of a beautiful animal wasted in Cecil the Lion, pointlessly murdered by a gutless individual, my signature series of drawings called "Their Fragile World" was born. It shows animals in or around glass to symbolise how fragile their world around them can be but also beautiful at the same time. I wanted it to be a happy quirky depiction of their lives, imagining what playful antics they might get up to given half the chance.
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