Saturday, December 10, 2011
A small capuchin monkey named Pockets, alias Pockets Warhol, is causing sensation in Toronto and abroad.
The primate, a resident at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary (Sunderland, ON), started expressing his creative muse through paintings that remind the works of Jackson Pollock. The Warhol nickname comes from the fact that volunteer Charmaine Quinn found resemblances between him and the pop artist, which led her to introduce Pockets to non-toxic paint as a way of keeping him entertained: “He looked a bit like Andy Warhol with that wild, white hair,” she said.
Pockets' paintings are already being exhibited at the Sadie's Diner & Juice Bar in Toronto, until February 6, 2012.
The proceeds will go to the Story Book Farm sanctuary, a facility opened by Sherri Delaney 11 years ago with he purpose of rescuing primates from pet stores, private homes, entertainment, research labs and zoos across the country.