Pigcasso the pig painter brings home the bacon after selling his latest artwork for £20,000


A painting pig named Pigcasso who was saved from slaughter at the eleventh hour before becoming a world-famous artist has sold an abstract work for a record £20,000.

The painting, Wild and Free, was bought Monday after it was put up for sale by a German buyer, Peter Esser.

It surpasses the previous record of £14,000 for an animal artwork set by a chimpanzee named Congo in 2005.

A painting pig named Pigcasso made history after her last abstract artwork sold for a record £20,000.

The painting, Wild and Free, was purchased Monday after it was put up for sale by a German buyer named Peter Esser

The painting, Wild and Free, was purchased Monday after it was put up for sale by a German buyer named Peter Esser

It surpasses the previous record for animal artwork set by a chimpanzee named Congo in 2005

It surpasses the previous record for animal artwork set by a chimpanzee named Congo in 2005

The painting is a large canvas with blue, green and white acrylic stripes, which took Pigcasso several weeks.

The animal artist has created hundreds of paintings in the past five years after being rescued from the slaughterhouse as a piglet by owner Joanne Lefson.

The couple live in Farm Sanctuary SA – a safe haven for rescued farm animals in South Africa’s Franschhoek Valley.

Joanne said she had Congo’s record in mind before developing the concept of Pigcasso’s latest piece, but instead of breaking the record, she just wanted to show how intelligent and creative animals are.

The animal artist has created hundreds of paintings in the past five years after being rescued from the slaughterhouse as a piglet by owner Joanne Lefson (pictured)

The animal artist has created hundreds of paintings in the past five years after being rescued from the slaughterhouse as a piglet by owner Joanne Lefson (pictured)

The couple live in Farm Sanctuary SA - a safe haven for rescued farm animals nestled in South Africa's Franschhoek Valley

The couple live in Farm Sanctuary SA – a safe haven for rescued farm animals nestled in South Africa’s Franschhoek Valley

She said, “I wanted Pigcasso to make something that had never been done before.

‘An oversized, larger-than-life canvas that could challenge the intrinsic value of a work of art created by an animal.’

Upon completion, the work was posted on social media and sold within 72 hours of release.

Joanne added: “There was a lot of interest in the play.

‘It is not only a visually striking and beautiful painting, it is a profound moment for Pigcasso and for farm animals.

The painting is a large canvas with blue, green and white acrylic stripes, which took Pigcasso several weeks

The painting is a large canvas with blue, green and white acrylic stripes, which took Pigcasso several weeks

Joanne said she had Congo's record in mind before developing the concept of Pigcasso's latest piece

Joanne said she had Congo’s record in mind before developing the concept of Pigcasso’s latest piece

Pigcasso was rescued a month after birth from an industrialized pig operation on the outskirts of Cape Town in 2016

Pigcasso was rescued a month after birth from an industrialized pig operation on the outskirts of Cape Town in 2016

“You can’t look at them and put a greater value on their intelligence, individuality and creativity.”

Pigcasso was rescued a month after birth from an industrialized pig operation on the outskirts of Cape Town in 2016.

Joanne noted that the pig had a talent for painting after some old paintbrushes were accidentally left in her stall.

She decided to nurture the pig’s interest and now, at the age of five and weighing a whopping 1,500 pounds, Pigcasso has created over 400 original works of art.

Proceeds from all sales go towards the running of Farm Sanctuary SA and the care of the vulnerable animals there.



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