The Elephant Art Gallery Releases New Paintings For The New Year

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End of Monsoon season brings more painting opportunities for Thailand’s elephant artists.

The fact is that elephant art has an immediate visual, aesthetic appeal. When I study a painting by an elephant I see something awesome and primeval.

With the seasonal rains coming to an end in Thailand, The Elephant Art Gallery is excited to announce that the elephant artists will have greater freedom to create masterpieces in dry weather. After enduring months of regular rainfall, sometimes at long intervals due to extended torrential downpours, the artists at the conservation center are reportedly excited to enjoy the creative opportunities drier weather is providing. The artists, who paint out in the open, will now be able to allow the sun to dry their works of art without fear of rainfall ruining the paintings.

The Elephant Art Gallery is also pleased to announce continued progress in conservation efforts throughout Thailand. Although populations have approximately decreased from 100,000 to 4,000 over the last 150 years, the determined preservation endeavors from government and private entities have resulted in stabilization for Thailand’s elephants. Without this concerted effort, Thailand’s elephants may not have survived.

In 1950, 60 percent of the country was covered with the natural habitat of its elephants - wild forest. Today that number has dropped to 15 percent and is continuing to decrease. The result has been the reduction of the wild elephant population to an estimate of between 1,000 and 1,500. More hopeful progress has been made with the country’s domestic population, which currently sits just under 2,900, up from 2,100 in 1998.

In the last decade in particular, the government has established numerous entities and policies to continue conservation efforts, including the Thai Elephant Conservation Center and a connected think tank known as the National Elephant Institute. While the Thai Elephant Conservation Center is primarily concerned with the physical and emotional care of its 80 Asian elephants, the National Elephant Institute works towards the protection and continuation of traditional knowledge of elephant care as well as research into modern veterinary medicine.

The Elephant Art Gallery is proud to play a part in the continued care of the Center’s elephants. Through donations and by contributing portions of the proceeds from art sales, the Gallery plays an important role in the longevity of the Conservation Center. While the cost of their care is aided by art sales, the elephants at the Conservation Center also benefit from the stimulation painting provides, their creativity evident in each unique piece of art.

That artistic ability is a major reason The Elephant Art Gallery has enjoyed sustained success. The creativity expressed by the elephant artists, combined with the uniqueness of their paintings, make these works of art popular. Whether it is for an animal lover or art collector, or just someone who cares about the sustainability of our natural environment, the paintings from The Elephant Art Gallery are cherished by all. Although the holiday season is coming to a close, these paintings make excellent year-round gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. To view the latest artwork, please visit

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