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  Past Events:
  In December 2005 Hugo exhibited at the Kurland Polo Pavilion in Plettenberg Bay.
The exhibition raised nearly £800 for Save the Elephants.
3 Artists Exhibition of Natural History  
In July 2005 Hugo exhibited some work at Western Province Primary School in Kenilworth along with artists David Ord Kerr from England and Doug Fitz-Gerald from Cape Town.

Hugo exhibited some of his new work from his recent trip to Kenya in April, as well as some work from his two previous collections.

Black & White Elephants - 2005
Common Grass Yellow
Common Grass Yellow
Coppery Swallowtail
Coppery Swallowtail
In April 2005 Hugo travelled to Kenya where he had the opportunity to visit several Game Reserves and meet some of the celebrated characters that have dedicated their lives to protecting, studying and writing about elephants.

He visited Daphne Sheldrick along with her daughter and son in law Angela and Rob Carr-Hartley at their famous elephant orphanage. The orphans are brought to the center at any stage below two years old. Here they are nurtured by a rota of keepers who stay with the babies for 24 hours a day. When the elephant’s turn two they are taken to Tsavo East Game Park near Voi, where they are gradually introduced into the wild over a period of fourteen years. During this time, keepers are present to provide the security of a family group. The programme, which has involved huge personal commitment from those involved, has been immensely successful over the years and more than 60 orphans have passed through and gone on to join other herds.

Having had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia Moss at a dinner party in Nairobi, Hugo traveled on to Amboseli National Park, home to the elephants that Cynthia has been studying for 33 years. Cynthia and her team have identified over 1400 elephant belonging to 50 families. Cynthia is perhaps best known for her research into the communication of elephant. The researchers have identified 160 visual and tactile expressions and over 70 sounds made by elephant ranging from the familiar trumpeting to ultra low frequency rumblings inaudible to the human ear.

Amboseli is comparatively small being 392 square kilometers; it is the second most visited park in Kenya. This is undoubtedly due to the awesome spectacle of Kilimanjaro, which dominates the park and provides a stunning backdrop for game viewing, provided there is no cloud.

He then traveled to a Ranch up in the North West of Kenya near Romaruti where he was best man for his good friend Jonti Barclay. The Barclays are joint owners of Sosian Ranch, a 24,000-acre working game and livestock ranch. With views of Mount Kenya, the ranch supports a wide diversity of wildlife and birds and is home to four of the Big Five, as well as a host of other large mammals, including cheetah and the rare wild dog.

Samburu National Park was the next stop where Hugo was kindly looked after by Hamish Grant who owns and runs Grant and Cameron Safaris.

Here Hugo met Iain and Oria Douglas Hamilton and their old friends David and Avril Shepherd. Iain and Oria are well known for years of elephant study and for their books including “Among the elephants” and “Battle for the Elephants”. David is famous for his wildlife art and his massive contribution to wildlife conservation.

The David Shepherd Conservation Trust:

Iain Douglas Hamilton:

David has been instrumental in helping Hugo to start his new career by opening both Hugo’s exhibitions in London.
Samburu is located just north of the equator in the rain-shadow of Mt. Kenya, this includes parts of Mt. Kenya National Park and Samburu National Reserve, plus extensive ranch and communal lands. Important elephant migration corridors exist in this Heartland, as well as northern speciality species like reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa Oryx and Gerenuk. Free-ranging lions, hyenas and leopards live along side Avifauna, Wild Dog, Grevy’s zebra and black rhinoceros. Intact wet mountain forests, dry cedar forests, Loroki plateau grassland, acacia-grassland and the Ewaso Nyiro River are part of the Samburu Heartland.

Finally back to Kilimanjaro this time toTsavo East, an area of 20,000 square kilometres. Tsavo itself is divided into two, East and West separated by the Nairobi Mombassa Road. The weather behaved beautifully and here Hugo was able to capture some large tuskers on film with the wonderful unobstructed views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and its ice cap.

Hugo’s pictures created from his Kenya trip are included in his 2005 “Black & White Elephants” collection. (See gallery)

Thank you to all those who made Hugo’s trip to Kenya so fabulous.

Cape Town:  

In March 2005 Hugo introduced his work to Cape Town by holding a one-night show at the Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands. Over 200 people attended the evening and eight limited edition pictures were auctioned to raise money for a charity concerned with helping pensioners in Fishoek.

Soldier Commodore African Clouded Yellow Citrus Swallowtail
Black-Winged Acraea
  Kelvin Grove invitation  
  For the Love of Art:  
  Hugo’s work was featured in “For the Love of Art” exhibition held at PDG - The Photo District Gallery - in New York, 2004.
For the Love of Art
  London Exhibitions  
  Arndean Gallery, London 2003   Arndean Gallery Exhibition: 24th - 29th November 2003

“One Hundred Elephants”

One Hundred Elephants was a phenomenal success with over four hundred people attending the opening night. Celebrities and other guests rubbed shoulders as they viewed the magnificent photographs and listened to David Shepherd give a brief, but significant speech on Wildlife Conservation.

Mr. Shepherd, a renowned wildlife conservationist and artist, auctioned his fabulous joint picture with Hugo, and was delighted with the turnout.

£4100 was raised for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, all of which will go to specific causes in Zimbabwe.

  Eared Commodore   Arndean Gallery Exhibition: 22nd - 27th November 2004

“Elephant Portraits”

For his second solo exhibition Hugo again held his show at the Arndean Gallery in London. David Shepherd once again opened the proceedings.

The exhibition was a huge success with Hugo introducing some new works including several Buffalo pieces.