Pigcasso: The Painting Pig That Saved a Sanctuary by Joanne Lefson is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers!
‘I almost always talk about this wonderful pig in my lectures, and show a short video of her at work. And so many people tell me, afterwards, that they can never eat pork or bacon or sausages again. You cannot watch her without being impressed by the ovious satisfaction she derives from executing a painting.’ – Jane Goodall
When Lefson took on a piglet at her animal shelter, the young sow proceeded to eat everything in her stable but a paint brush. In a flash of inspiration, Lefson attempted to introduce the pig to the art of painting – and thus Pigcasso was born.
Starting out with a humble canvas on the sanctuary wall, Pigcasso’s paintings are now owned by the likes of George Clooney, she has a Swatch watch design partnership, a wine label, and has eclipsed the previous world record holder for animal art.
She’s been commissioned by Nissan and has had exhibitions in Cape Town, Munich and Amsterdam. More than that, Pigcasso’s art funds the food and veterinary services for all the animals at the sanctuary.
Pigcasso is the story of this unique pig and of the circumstances that brought her and Lefson together to take the art world by storm and form a unique and unbreakable bond.
About the author
Joanne Lefson is an animal rights activist and the founder of Oscar’s Arc, a dog adoption agency, and Farm Sanctuary SA, a sanctuary for rescued farmed animals – with a painting pig hogging the limelight. Oscar’s Arc has saved the lives of thousands of shelter dogs since its inception in 2017 and Pigcasso’s Abstract Expressionist masterpieces are sold all over the world and have raised over 3 million rand for the sanctuary. Lefson’s unique collaborations have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS News, SABC, SKY News, ZDF, CNN and National Geographic as well as The London Times, Sunday Times, USA Today and Spiegel. Lefson’s goal is to find a unique voice for vulnerable animals within a lost, loud world defined by human disconnect.