Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist Phil Daniels is holding an exhibition and sale of his work to raise funds for Norfolk-based charity Break.

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More than 40 original wildlife and abstract paintings will be on display at the Ratcatchers Inn in Cawston from August 25 to 27.

Mr Daniels will also be present throughout the weekend, along with a life-sized model of a gorilla, which he is painting to look as realistic as possible in aid of Break and The Born Free Foundation.

He said: “I am quite a supporter of charity. I had Hodgkin’s disease in 1984 and that was my introduction to the world of charities and the support they offer. I also had experience of hospices and Macmillan when I lost my mum.

“Break is a local charity that is pro active. Rather than sitting there saying can we have some money, they organise events and give something out to get something back and I support that.”

Mr Daniels’ gorilla is part of Break’s Go Go Gorillas appeal. The charity is calling on businesses to sponsor the gorilla statues, which will be individually painted by artists and schools to form an art trail all over Norwich during the 10 weeks of summer 2013. The statues will be auctioned off at the end of the trail and 75 percent of the net proceeds from the whole event will go to Break and the Born Free Foundation.

Mr Daniels said: “It will be the first chance for people to see one of the gorillas in an un-painted form. I have just been concentrating on its face so far, which is an uphill struggle. I am used to painting on a flat surface and I create the depth and details, whereas the depth has already been predetermined on the statue. My style is high detail so on a full size gorilla it will take a long time.”

Mr Daniels’ work is in collections across the globe and has been exhibited in the Mall Gallery in London.

During the exhibition, he will be giving painting demonstrations and tuition sessions, which are open to all ages.

The works on sale include a gorilla painting, which Mr Daniels describes as technically his best work, and a study of a lion defending her cubs against hyenas. Prices start at £25 and 20 per cent of the profits will be donated to Break, which works to support vulnerable people in the community.

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