Artwork / Crime Against Nature / Males and their Technicolor Dream Rumps (Mandrill)

painting of a male mandrill
Gwenn Seemel
Males and their Technicolor Dream Rumps (Mandrill)
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches


If this painting and this one have similar palettes—all greens and autumn oranges—it’s because I love that combination. In this case and this one too, it’s because the subjects of the portraits love it. You can watch the making of this mandrill painting.

Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image.

Boys are sometimes a little more colorful than girls.

Female mandrills live in hordes of several hundred individuals, and the normally solitary males interact with the female groups only during mating season. Though both sexes of this monkey species have colorful markings on their faces, the males’ coloring is brighter and only they sport nearly neon behinds.

wildlife painting by Gwenn Seemel
detail image