Stefani Bednarova
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GALLERY

GALLERY

WELCOME

There is coffee for the intellectual thirst and some important information to offer food for thought.

So, enjoy the gallery and make sure to read the stories accompanying the paintings too.


A Lion Named Bongani

Description

  • Date: 4/12/2016

  • Dimensions: A3 29,7 x 42 cm 11.7 x 16.5 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafedirect Fairtrade Machu Picchu Instant Coffee

  • Type of paper used: 100% recycled Daler Rowne

Story:

The Lion is the King of the African Savannah and the subject of countless paintings and sculptures over the centuries. He is also the symbol of many royal emblems and one of your children’s favorite movie characters. The Lion and his royal mane are one of the most broadly acknowledged animal symbols of human civilization, but their population is constantly declining. As a species, lions have already become regionally extinct in seven different African Countries and if we don’t do something about it they will be soon wiped out of the face of the Earth completely. Allowing Lions to become extinct, is similar to giving up on a big piece of our own culture, and worse. Are you willing to be held responsible when your children ask you why you did not do something about it when there was still time for change?


A Rhino Named Rada

Description

  • Date: 9/1/2017

  • Dimensions: 24,5 x 17 cm 9.6 x 6.6 in

  • Type of coffee: Philz coffee Tesora Blend & Cafedirect Fairtrade Machu Picchu Instant Coffee

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

Rhinos are critically endangered and their numbers are constantly declining. Armed poachers kill them for their horns and leave them to bleed to death, without any hesitation. Traditional Chinese medicine suggests that Rhino horn cures headaches and hangovers without having any scientific facts to support this belief. Also, Rhino horn is bought and displayed as a symbol of success and wealth and I wonder, who would think of themselves as successful after they have contributed to a big failure, like bringing a whole species to extinction?


Ruphael the Red Panda

Description

  • Date: 18/1/2017

  • Dimensions: 121,5 x 76 cm 47.8 x 29,9 in

  • Type of coffee: Philz Coffee Jacob’s Wonderbar blend & Cafeology Freeze Dried Fairtrade Coffee

  • Medium: Linen Canvas

Story:

I spent a week working on this painting, trying to make it as beautiful as I could, until I realized that no matter how "perfect" I make it, the illusion of the painting will never be equal to the real animal, because its mere existence is nature's creation which nothing can surpass. The endangered Red Panda is somewhere out there, in the Eastern Himalayas, poached for its fur, dying out due to habitat loss, facing a threat of extinction and this painting is simply a reminder of its fragile beauty.



The Ethiopian Wolf Called Tamrat

Description

  • Date: 28/11/2016

  • Dimensions: A3 29,7 x 42 cm 11.7 x 16.5 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafedirect Fairtrade Machu Picchu Instant Coffee

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

The Ethiopian Wolf is Africa’s most endangered carnivore, with fewer than 600 adults of the species remaining in the wild. We have grown so accustom to artificial beauty which can be manipulated, replicated and adjusted, and as result we seem to forget that nature’s beauty is unique and fragile. If we allow the Ethiopian Wolf to die out, it will be a loss beyond repair; a kind of beauty never to be seen again.


An African Hare Named Mimi

Description

  • Date: 30/11/2016

  • Dimensions: A4 21 x 29,7 cm 8.3 x 11.7 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafedirect Fairtrade Machu Picchu Instant Coffee

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

The Hare is hunted by humans for its meat and often even just for sport. This inhumanity, so ironically displayed by humans is absolutely appalling. There is space for improvement on many levels in regards to wildlife. It is not just about preventing endangered animals from becoming extinct, but also about cultivating a correct mindset that will drive us to approach all wildlife with respect without interfering with the fragile balance of the ecosystem.


The Jackal They Call Mehret

Description

  • Date: 2/12/2016

  • Dimensions: A4 21 x 29,7 cm 8.3 x 11.7 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafedirect Fairtrade Machu Picchu Instant Coffee

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

Although Jackals are the least threatened canines, they are continue to lose large parts of their natural habitat due to growth of human population. Jackals are often victims of humans when they inevitably trespass their settlements and they are killed because they are perceived as threat. I find it important to communicate the urgency to start noticing wildlife threats and handle them with organized actions from the very beginning. The Black-backed Jackals in particular is a species that has survived since the Ice Age; let’s not be responsible for its extinction because of our own ignorance. If we don’t do something today, tomorrow might be already too late.


A Vervet Monkey Name Mojo

Description

  • Date: 15/12/2016

  • Dimensions: A3 29,7 x 42 cm 11.7 x 16.5 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafeology Freeze Dried Fairtrade Coffee

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

Vervet Monkeys are killed annually in large numbers, mainly because people think of them as pests. Their natural habitat has been overtaken by people’s homes, driving Vervet Monkeys to steal food in order to survive. Annoyed by the Monkey’s actions people either poison, trap or shoot them. In recent years they have also become threatened by people who capture them in order to use them as research animals. Shouldn’t the focus be in reducing the amount of threats that species are facing and not the other way around as we see in the case of the Vervet Monkeys?


Jalene the Lovebird

Description

  • Date: 21/3/2017

  • Dimensions: A4 21 x 29,7 cm 8.3 x 11.7 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafeology Freeze Dried Fairtrade Coffee

  • Type of tea: Wittard Very Berry Tea

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

There has been a significant decline in the Lovebird’s population which began during the 1970’s when humans begun capturing them in order to sell or domesticate them mainly as a display of love or affection towards their better halves.Let us not forget that love cannot be bought with money and that neither should Lovebirds.



An Aardvark Named Zoya

Description

  • Date: 23/2/2017

  • Dimensions: A4 21 x 29,7 cm 8.3 x 11.7 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafeology Freeze Dried Fairtrade Coffee

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

The Aardvark, or Earth Pig, which is the meaning of its name, is threatened by African Tribes who hunt the animal for its meat, or teeth that they believe help to prevent various illnesses. Major threat for the Aardvark remains the constant loss of its natural habitat due to increased human population. It is this human expansion that is causing wildlife to decrease in numbers year by year and this painting is the manifestation of my strong belief that there is an urgent need for human-wildlife symbiosis.


Chidike the Cheetah

Description

  • Date: 7/12/2016

  • Dimensions: A4 21 x 29,7 cm 8.3 x 11.7 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafedirect Fairtrade Machu Picchu Instant Coffee

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

Cheetahs’ numbers have dramatically decreased during the last 18 years, with roughly less than 7000 Cheetahs remaining in the wild, but no significant actions are taken for their protection. The reason? Although they are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List, help only comes when a species is already Endangered. Is it not more efficient to prevent the worst from happening than to strive to fix it when it is already beyond repair?


The Elephant Named Roi

Description

  • Date: 31/12/2016

  • Dimensions: A4 21 x 29,7 cm 8.3 x 11.7 in

  • Type of coffee: Cafeology Freeze Dried Fairtrade Coffee

  • Type of paper: 100% recycled Daler Rowney

Story:

Forest Elephants are being relentlessly slaughtered for their tusks. In the last 10 years, more than 62% of all Forest Elephants’ population has died in the name of Illegal Ivory Trade. These beautiful creatures that are also vital for the survival of their ecosystem, are victims of armed poachers who kill entire herds of elephants for their tusks only so that someone has an ivory decoration sitting on their table.