Dulk, "The Last Winter"
Photograph by Alex de Vries Magnifico
Released on the last day of winter in 2018 (March 20), "The Last Winter" by Dulk highlights polar bears and their uncertain future in the face of global climate change.
Polar bears are the world's largest land predator and posterchild of global climate change. They spend most of their lives on sea ice and are hence marine mammals. The ongoing loss of sea ice due to the changing global climate threatens their habitat. For this reason, polar bears are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
This artwork is a representation of a mural I painted in Churchill, Manitoba (Canada) for PangeaSeed Foundation's Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program. Churchill is considered the polar bear capital of the world and the mural represents the forced journey of a family of bears and belugas in their last winter on earth. The cub grabs its treasured iceberg treasure, which helps the family to escape from the destructive impact humans are having on the Earth."
As a child, Antonio Segura Donat (Dulk) helped his father to feed the birds they reared at their home. He loved watching the fledglings and seeing them grow, as well as the fish, dogs, and horses that lived on the property. When he wasn’t out and about, he copied illustrations of exotic animals that he found in his parents’ collection of old enciclopedias. And he took his sketchbook with him everywhere from then on. At the age of eighteen, a close friend persuaded him to tackle the walls of the city and suggested he take the pseudonym of Dulk. He then started a diploma in economics, but dropped out in the first year to study illustration then graphic design at the University of Valencia. Today, Dulk is an all- purpose artist. Between urban art, drawing, painting, sculpture or advertisment, each médium is a challenge that he takes up with pleasure and determination. He participated in a lot of group shows around the world in cities as Vancouber, Miami, New York, Brussels, Paris or Chicago. Always looking at things from the same innocent viewpoint that he is so fond of – That of a child- the artist create a tragi-comic animal themed works in organic colours. His world is a surrealistic landscape full of imaginary details, rising up in factions against humans. Maybe they are wanting to warn us of Earth’s bleak future following an environmental catastrophe.