Painting to be auctioned for animal charity

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A world famous gorilla expert and conservationist will auction a painting by Castleford mouth artist David Cawthorne this week for charity.

Ian Redmond is hosting the charity auction in Hampshire on July 26 to raise money for gorilla charity G4G.

David, 50, said: “My family and I have always had a fascination for gorillas and we are very keen to support the plight of this endangered animal in any way we can.

“I jumped at the opportunity to participate in G4G’s fundraising initiative by donating my favourite gorilla painting for auction.”

David has been paralysed from the neck down since being injured while playing rugby aged 18, in 1981.

He began painting with his mouth during occupational therapy sessions at Pinderfields Hospital, which he continued as a hobby until 1990, when an exhibition of his work attracted the attention of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, becoming an associate member in 1998.

David added: “I enjoy painting, whatever the subject, but I find landscape the easiest. I have also enjoyed painting portraits, and this is how I developed onto the gorilla painting – they are very close to people in many ways.”