Father of new baby Alika and head of the family group of Western Lowland Gorillas at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita KS. He was 23-years-old when I met him. There was another baby on the way at the time with the other breeding female in his harem. I don’t know if he was aware of that yet, but likely he did as she was removed from the others and nesting alone. Matt seemed every bit the proud protective father and would sometimes throw himself again the glass to assert himself. Then he would rest again somewhere else, all the while keeping his eyes on everything.
These portraits are 11×14, oil on canvas board. I painted most of them in the winter and spring of 2018/19 because I needed to sit to work. A slow-healing foot injury had me off my feet.
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