Primate Sculpture

Contemporary UK sculptor Barry Sutton is known for his striking representations of animals, including primates.  Born in 1953, he achieved his art education – often with honours – in England.  A long-term specialist in wildlife sculpture at the British Museum Natural History Department, he became head of the museum’s model-making section.  An expert on animal anatomy, Sutton has been innovative in his handling of animal forms.  He creates the sense of an animal in its environment, and focuses on how that animal moves.  His seated, life size “Black Ape” is especially expressive, as are his primate sculptures “Pongo” and “Sphinx”.  Bronze, Sutton’s major medium, is used to create impressionistic, yet very real works that do not have  a solid surface, but a surface with gaps and spaces that produce a flowing, rhythmic quality.  Sutton is a member of the UK Society of Wildlife Artists.




New Study Shows Chimps Take the Perspective of Other Chimps


A new study by Crockford et al, published this November in Science Advances, concludes that chimpanzees are able to take into account what their companions know when making vocalisations to warn of danger (they see a snake nearby but their companion has not seen the snake), evidence of perspective-taking which was previously considered to be only a human capability. The article is open access, so you can read it in full here:

Vocalizing in chimpanzees is influenced by social-cognitive processes