Pigcasso: Painting Pig is Making a Fortune

Pigcasso, the world's most famous, if not only, painting pig
Pigcasso, the world's most famous, if not only, painting pig | © Joanne Lefson
Photo of Carina Claassens
19 June 2018

Ever since being rescued from a South African slaughterhouse in 2016, a pig aptly named Pigcasso has been making waves in the art world.

Joanne Lesson, who took in the creative hog, soon realised the animal has a knack for creativity. After seeing Pigcasso pick up paintbrushes left out by builders – who had been working on Joanne’s property at the time – she decided to investigate. Armed with a paintbrush in her mouth and a selection of colours Joanne had set out, the duo is creating works of art sold all over the globe. Being the world’s only painting pig, Pigcasso’s work is selling for anything from R4000 (US$300) to R52,500 (US$4000).

Cape Town's Table Mountain has inspired many artists | © Joanne Lefson

The main aim of the project is to inspire consumers to think more consciously about what they eat, while at the same time highlighting the effects that factory farming has on the environment.

‘By informing consumers about the dire effects of the industry on the planet through our art, we hope to inspire consumers to make more informed choices in order to create a sustainable planet for generations to come’, says Joanne.

All proceeds from sales of Pigcasso’s artworks go to supporting Farm Sanctuary South Africa, a non-profit organisation that aims to inspire consumers to make more compassionate food choices.

OINK the exhibition at the V&A Waterfront | © Joanne Lefson

OINK! is currently on display until end July 2018 in Cape Town, after which the exhibition will move to Cologne and Berlin in August 2018.

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