Wild Art: Olly and Suzi


Artists use gimmicks all the time to get attention and sell their art. At the outset, this is what director Rupert Murray thought motivated artists Olly and Suzi. But as he observed them over time, he realized their inspiration comes from the connection they feel with the animals they paint.

Olly is a six-foot two-inch ex-bouncer and Suzi is a waifish art school phenom. They make an odd pair but their technique is even more unusual. They share one canvas, using a hand-over-hand style to achieve their finished pieces. Their subjects are wild animals and the pair gets up-close and personal to capture their likenesses, usually without the protection of cages or weapons. They even invite their subjects to contribute to the final piece, adding bite marks and hoof or paw prints.

Murray documents the duo with a justifiably nervous camera as they enter enclosures in Tanzania with wild dogs; a flimsy-looking cage with great white sharks; and below-freezing waters in the Antarctic with leopard seals. In every situation, they risk death for art but the results are visceral representations of primitive nature. It’s even more meaningful as it is depicted up-close with a brush versus the zoom of a camera lens. Murray captures scenes of breathtaking beauty through the eyes of Olly and Suzi, while also asking the tough questions (although he’s not always tactful).

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