"If you could read my mind" - Gorilla Oil painting by Avril Brand

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"If you could read my mind" - Gorilla Oil painting by 

Sizing Information

Small 8.1" x 8.0"
Medium 12.1" x 12.0"
Large 16.2" x 16.0"
X large 20.2" x 20.0"


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Gorilla Oil Painting on canvas (40 × 40cm)

When I first saw this gorilla, I was immediately struck by what I perceived to be sadness. He looks so deep in thought and I wondered what this beautiful creature was thinking… of family lost, freedom lost and what we humans do in our endless arrogance and greed to other animals on this planet.

I hope that one day, we will realise that they are just as worthy of life and freedom as we would like to believe ourselves to be.

I love painting eyes. However, what I like about this painting is not being able to see the gorilla’s eyes. His posture tells the story.

This is a close-up view of the painting.

Gorillas, the largest of the living primates, are ground-dwelling herbivores that inhabit the forests of Africa. The DNA of gorillas is 98%–99% identical to that of a human, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the two chimpanzee species.

Gorilla’s are highly endangered, and have been subject to intense poaching for a long time. Threats to gorilla survival include habitat destruction and the bushmeat trade. In 2004 a population of several hundred gorillas in the Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo was essentially wiped out by the Ebola virus.

A 2006 study published in Science concluded that more than 5,000 gorillas may have died in recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus in central Africa. The researchers indicated that in conjunction with commercial hunting of these apes creates “a recipe for rapid ecological extinction”. (Wikipedia)

My thanks to Rocketchook for his kind permission to use his photograph as reference for this painting!!!

The original photograph by Rocketchook


  • Babbler
    Babblerover 6 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you, Babbler!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Heps
    Hepsover 6 years ago

    Ahh! He looks like a big guy with a small hart. Sielvol maar ook statig!

  • Thank you Taschja! Ja, hy is ’n wonderlike dier!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 6 years ago

    This has worked so well, Avril, not painting the eyes. Such a strong feeling of dejection. Very powerful art, my friend. Agnes:)))

  • Thank you Agnes… painting this gorilla took a long time and at times I felt really sad for the future of this lovely creature.

    – Avril Brand

  • kotybear
    kotybearover 6 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Koty!!

    – Avril Brand

  • dnlddean
    dnlddeanover 6 years ago

    love this guy avril when i look at this and knowing just how crass man can be i still find it hard to take in that someone could by a hand or foot as somthing to display in thier lounge all my lifr iv oft wonderd who is the beast as only a man kills for sport and trophy gonna favourit this guy and oh yeah i share his saddness i have a pic of a gorrilla think i will upload it he has a baby human in his lap

  • Thank you, Dean! Oh, they even eat these animals, Dean – which I regard as cannibalism. There are organisations in the world today trying to legalise ‘bushmeat’.

    – Avril Brand

  • Samantha Dean
    Samantha Deanover 6 years ago

    Awesome Avril!! You are amazing!! :-)

  • Awww… thanks Samantha!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago
    This is truly amazing Avril , stunning work bordering on the brilliant .
  • Gosh… wow… thanks Irene! You are so kind! :-)

    – Avril Brand

  • IrishPics
    IrishPicsover 6 years ago

    Beautiful Avril..

  • Thank you so much!! I wish I could paint faster but animal paintings take a long time. And – I love doing them so much that I have to force myself not to apply ‘just one more layer’… LOL

    – Avril Brand

  • weberwanjek   artography
    weberwanjek ...over 6 years ago

    Wow! Really well executed Avril! I take my hat off to you!

  • Oh thank you, very kind of you!!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...over 6 years ago

    The painting has become a masterpiece Avril!! I am stunned, your interpretation has so much more than a photograph, says so much more!! And you can tell, you totally love animals……they’re safe in your hands my friend, National Geographic should hire you as their number one wildlife animal painter. This portrait is fabulous……Ilove it!!! Well done Avril!

  • Oh thank you Arie!! What a lovely thing to say! I could dream for years about Nat Geo even giving me a sideways glance!! There are so many wildlife artists that do stunning work… I am in the lower ‘leagues’, I’m afraid! But, thank you for such a kind comment!!

    – Avril Brand

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