Andrew Bone releases art memoir: “Brush Strokes of Africa”

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Andrew Bone Brush Strokes of Africa

Andrew Bone with his new book, “Brush Strokes of Africa.”

Park West Gallery artist Andrew Bone smiled with pride as he held a copy of his book that was 20 years in the making.

“It’s a proud moment for me to finally see it in print because it’s been a long-time coming,” he says.

Bone announced the launch of his book, “Brush Strokes of Africa,” during a private signing event held on Jan. 19 at Park West Gallery’s Miami Lakes, Florida location.

Bone’s book gives readers a better understanding as to how he became a passionate conservationist and wildlife artist, with first-person accounts of his adventures interwoven with his photorealistic African wildlife artwork.

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Andrew Bone singing copies of “Brush Strokes of Africa.”

Prior to becoming a professional artist, Bone worked as a guide in the Zambezi Valley. He says the idea for writing a book about his adventures originated decades ago while conversing with a client.

“I was talking about what happened to me and all the different experiences that I’ve had, and some guy said ‘why don’t you write it down, it’d be quite good reading,’” Bone says. “So I started doing that a little bit at a time and I found I quite enjoyed it.”

When Bone joined Park West Gallery as an artist, he mentioned the book to Albert Scaglione, Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, and they agreed it would be a great collaborative project. In 2015, Bone finished writing the book and Park West Gallery published it.

The book is full of anecdotes from Bone’s past about growing up in South Africa, his education in a bush school, the dangers of being a soldier in the Rhodesian War and later working as a guide. Readers are treated to tales of canoeing past angry hippopotamuses and close encounters with lions, all of which are accompanied by Bone’s highly-detailed paintings and drawings.

“A couple of them, like sketches and studies, I had to create because of a passage (in the book),” he says. “If it’s mentioned in the book, like the barbets and the horned bulls, I tried to put in art for that.”

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Andrew bone speaking about his new art memoir at the Park West Miami Lakes location.

Bone’s transition from guide to artist occurred after he and his family moved to the Imire Game Ranch in Zimbabwe. To pass the time, Bone would photograph, paint and sketch the animals that surrounded him. He grew popular with galleries and eventually he decided to become a full-time artist.

Today, Bone has combined his passions of painting and conservation, using his art to spread the message of protecting animals such as cheetahs, rhinos and lions. Most recently, the Park West Foundation donated $15,000 to Bone’s Forever Wildlife Foundation to support a project that will monitor and track five cheetahs in an attempt to grow the population.

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“A Family Affair” (2012) by Andrew Bone.

His message of conservation is especially poignant and relevant following stories that have grabbed international headlines, such as the controversy surrounding the hunting and slaying of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

“Through the book, I want people to understand where we are in Africa,” he says. “It’s always been a land of turmoil, and now the turmoil has changed from a one-on-one, tribe against tribe to let’s stop them from totally wiping out the population of elephants…of vultures or the cats.”

Contact Park West Gallery at 800-521-9654 ext. 4 or sales@parkwestgallery.com for more information about Bone’s artwork and art memoir.

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  • Keith Merkle
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    Having almost a 12 of Andrew Bone’s works including are latest a original work of his I am very interested in getting a signed copy of his book, Is this possible? I am hoping that at some time in the future we will be able to get to a VIP event that he is at.

  • Tammy
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    Disappointed that I can’t purchase this book without a new purchase of Mr. Bone’s artwork. I just purchased several of his pieces in September. I’d love to have more but in addition to his pieces we also purchased seven other pieces from other artists and money is tight at this time. Hopefully there will still be some available later when I can afford another of his artwork.

  • Billie Sue Koch
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    I purchased 2 A.Bone art pieces in 2015. I cannot afford another at this time. I am still paying off my bill for his work and several others. Please put me on a list of people wanting this book at a later date. I really like his paintings.

  • Bonnie Plumley
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    Please tell me how I can buy a copy of Andrew Bone’s Brushstrokes of Africa. I just purchased 2 more prints onboard the Crown Princess this past week and no mention was made of this book. I would like more information e-mailed as soon as possible. Thank you

  • Donna Harris
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    We purchased 3 Andrew Bone pieces in November. We were just at a VIP event in Boston, but were unable to purchase our next one as none were presented. We would really like to purchase a copy of his book. Is there a way for us to do so?

  • Gerard McGrath
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    I have eight Andrew Bone pieces, all fantastic ! The one like Cecil the lion is one that I can look at for long periods of time. It’s as though we
    are bonding, communicating with each other ! Let me know where I can get his book.

  • Tammy W
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    I have all but one piece of Mr. Bone’s “Lion Suite” collection. I would really like a copy of his book. I recently attended the VIP event in Denver and purchased several pieces but none of Mr. Bone’s. Prior to the event I did request works of his to be brought to the event, unfortunately I was not specific in which one I needed to complete my collection and it was not present. Is there any way that I can still receive a copy of his book? I’m willing to pay for it of course. Thank you very much.

  • Larry Vaughn
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    It’s a shame that collectors of Bone’s unique work cannot purchase a book. It is also a shame that Parkwest does not try to take care of their VIP collectors by offering the books for separate purchase. I will remember that this fall when I am on my Mediterranean cruise and the Parkwest people want me to buy again.

  • Andrea Janko
    Reply

    Can you please let me know how I can purchase ‘Brush Strokes of Africa’? I have purchased pieces from Andrew Bones collection previously

  • Caryn
    Reply

    Good Evening,
    My boyfriend and I just went on a cruise and bought some of your paintings. My boyfriend really loves your work. He loves your moto. I would love to surprise him with a copy of your book. Is there anyway that I can purchase it? Thank you so much!!

  • June Lloyd
    Reply

    Please tell me how I can purchase Andrew Bones Book? I have many of his paintings

  • cheryl Scobie
    Reply

    what is the cost of the book please & shipping to Spain, thanks

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