Thirty seven year old Brent has taken out first place in the Humane Society of the United States’ Chimpanzee Art Contest. Brent works out of Chimp Haven in Keithville, LA and has won $10,000 for his chimp sanctuary. The artist refuses to use hog hair brushes as he probably thinks pigs are pretty cool, so he only ever paints using his tongue. A chimp using his tongue to paint may sound strange but people have used stranger implements.
Below are the top 3 chimp paintings as voted for by the public. More than 27,000 votes were received. Dr. Jane Goodall of the Jane Goodall Institute participated in the vote. She said “All of the art was beautiful and unique, just like chimpanzees! It was difficult to choose. It’s so important that the public support all of these sanctuaries in their mission to provide exceptional care to chimpanzees, and other primates, who have suffered through so much.”
1st Place winner. Brent wins $10,000 for Chimp Haven.
2nd place went to Cheetah. He spent 19 years in a lab. His chimp sanctuary, Save the Chimps, won $5000.
3rd place went to Ripley, the retired actor. He won $2500 for his Center for Great Apes sanctuary in Wauchula, FL.
I have seen worse entries at human art competitions. See more details at the Humane Society website here.