Striking acrylic paintings celebrate the beauty of lions and tigers

Although the UK-based artist Julie Rhodes does not live near the natural habitat of big cats, she celebrates the majestic beauty of lions and tigers in massive acrylic paintings. These realistic works capture the many fine details of big cats, from their intricate fur patterns to their graceful silhouette and thick coat.

“Art is my passion and obsession, I combine it with my love of big cats to create pastel paintings and artwork,” Rhodes told My Modern Met. “My mission is to capture every detail and give the viewer the experience of being in the room with a life-size lion or tiger. Many of my paintings are larger than life because I like to give them a feeling of presence.

Often these paintings depict a close-up portrait of the predator surrounded by a plain black background. This striking contrast emphasizes the liveliness of the cat’s coloring, especially in its luminous eyes. Other works feature the animal’s full body veiled in hazy light, which Rhodes says draws inspiration from the natural lighting she experiences in her surroundings on the north Cornish coast.

You can purchase original artwork and prints via Rhodes website, and keep up to date with her latest designs via her instagram.

British artist Julie Rhodes creates stunning acrylic paintings of lions and tigers.

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