Portraits from the Precipice: a worldwide art movement to save the planet
We want the eyes of the world on the climate crisis. So we’re taking over billboards across the UK to launch the world’s largest open air art exhibition inspiring action on climate change.
Worldwide, artists from online marketplace Artfinder have already been taking part (see submissions below). Now it's your turn...
Create your own artwork inspired by the climate crisis, and you could see your creation on billboards around the UK. You’ll also be in with a chance of winning an eco-holiday 🌱
The artwork will appear on billboards from 25th November, in tube stations, along roadsides, overlooking iconic destinations, across the UK.
How to submit your artwork
Take a photo and send it to email@example.com, along with:
- Your name (this will appear on our online gallery)
- Your age (if you wish! You can be any age)
- The name of your artwork
- A few words about your creation – what it represents, how you made it, what climate change means to you
We’ll display your submissions right here on this page, and select a few favourites to add to our outdoor art exhibition between now and February.
We’ll stop taking entries 1st February 2020. Shortly after, we’ll announce the winner.
Portraits from the Precipice Gallery
Sir David Attenborough (2019)
"The fact is that no species has ever had such control over everything on earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share this earth." This quote really cuts to the core of the responsibility at our feet. Sir David is literally everything to everyone, he's the nations Grandfather and he is so instrumental in bringing about change within mass society. I hope this painting demonstrates a softer side as the much loved and admired Sir David Attenborough, through pastel colours and soft lines, crossed with a slightly stern and serious pose, making sure we listen and take action."
My Planet - Balloon (2019)
This is what I think about our planet. Our only planet... Each and everyone of us is having an impact.Read more
At what cost (2019)
This painting represents extinction, greed, vanity, doomsday, homo sapiens and the last slither of hope. It’s an acrylic painting with collaged elements. Climate change means the ultimate sadness. The missed opportunity. The denial. The small voices never heard. I want to feel hope for the sake of my daughter, but I know change is already upon us.
Last Year's Model (2011)
Last year's model is thrown to landfill as we try to keep up with the latest trends. This collage has an acrylic painted background with the detail provided by images taken from magazines that promote the very thing this artwork kicks against.Read more
The Future's in our Hands (2019)
Zoe Elizabeth Norman
The equivalent of 300 football fields of rainforest are being destroyed every hour, causing deforestation and exacerbating global warming with C02 Emissions. Indonesia is now one of the worlds largest emitters of carbon dioxide. The jungles of Sumatra and Borneo have been devastated for palm oil, leaving endangered animals such as orangutans, elephants rhino and tigers homeless and destroying trees and plants vital to our planets biodiversity. My painting highlights the sad plight of Indonesia and Borneos orangutan population. The destruction and clearing of rainforest, fuelled by our greed for cheap junk food supplied to us by manufacturers including Kellogs, Nestle, Walls and Mars is responsible for this tragic catastrophe. We need to plant trees not destroy them if we are to have a chance of saving our planet for future generations. You can help reduce the destruction of our remaining rainforest by avoiding all products containing palm oil. My portrait features a young orangutan named Sprout who is in the care of Dudley Zoological Gardens, UK.Read more
Climate Change to me is the elephant in the room that we've all been ignoring for far too long. I feel sad for scientists who for years have been warning us of the damaging effects of our behaviour. I'm sceptical of the future and of the impact climate change will have on humanity. I myself eat a plant based diet, grow my own vegetables, use public transport (not because it's good value or even pleasant but because it is greener), I recycle, compost and I still ask myself - "could I be doing more?" - as I feel the weight of climate change bearing down on me. I made this painting to draw in the viewer and focus on this youthful girl, wearing her bright yellow clothing, looking hopeful, to contrast with her mature words of warning, subtle in the background. Only when you get close enough to her, you can read them and you will realise the hope in her eyes is pure determination to fix this.
What used to be theirs is being snatched away from them every second of the day. The ever expanding human population has led to agricultural expansion and deforestation resulting in loss of natural habitat. To make things worse, hunting, poisoning and poaching by livestock ranchers is still happening today and are some of the greatest human threats that they are facing. The lion is the king of the jungle, and still... he can't stop what is happening. He is in agony, and crying for help. Please help him. Save our forests! It is their home...Read more
Carousel IV (2019)
A symbolic depiction of global warming. Using one of my favourite icons, the goldfish bowl, to represent a fragile ecology heated up by the reckless industrialised burning of the greedy capitalists. The landscape is broken and shadowed by clouds in which human beings can barely exist. The land mass on the goldfish bowl is melting away and running down to form the poles of the fantasy fairground occupied by destructive riders.Read more
Renewable Energy (2019)
Jean Tatton Jones
Renewable Energy is one of a new series of vivid abstracts, which deal with important climate change issues. The problems caused by climate change are many and include floods, hurricanes, extreme heatwave, the disappearance of many plants and animals that can't adapt to the changes. In this painting I hope to point to possible solutions to the climate crisis. This painting "Renewable Energy" shows a red, powerful wave which represents the need to be more careful in our use of energy and when possible to find alternative cleaner, greener alternatives to fossil fuels, including wave, water, wind and solar power. The ‘wave’ has several nuances of meaning. The crashing wave represents the power of water and wind and the use that can be made of that. The red and orange colour suggests flames licking the surface of the sun indicating the power of solar energy. The painting is in oil and acrylic and the layers have taken several weeks to complete.
Angelo Nataraj Saka
All of the creatures on this planet are part of one spirit and one love. We need to take care of our world because no one else is going to do it for us.Read more
This is a collage about Climate Change and how the Polar Bear will soon be extinct. It's on heavyweight paper and made form hundreds of pieces of paper with a little bit of acrylic painting and finally a protective soft gloss top coat.Read more
Caught in the plastic waves (2018)
‘By 2050, our oceans will be filled with more plastic than fish’. This intimidating statement made me work on this artwork. I decided to work with an ocean life theme as they are heavily impacted due to plastic pollution. In each of my works, the texture is individually cut and painted from discarded plastic bottles.Read more
It seemed such a good idea (2019)
A sunny summer day. Two boys want to go swimming in the sea. Nothing seems to be wrong, but thousands of plastic bottles float under water. The sea is polluted with our waste plastic. This artwork is part of the 'living with pollution and waste on earth' series. All my artworks are inspired by weathered walls with posters, peeling paint and all sorts of things in decline. We need to act now.Read more
Rewilding - Times Square (2019)
Rewild: restore an area of land to its natural uncultivated state (used with reference to the reintroduction of species of wild animals that had previously been driven out or exterminated). This is the idea behind a series of paintings I'm working on called 'rewilding' only in this scenario imagine that despite being warned repeatedly we refused to listen and the doomsday clock made it all the way to midnight (it's currently at 2 minutes). The planet is now free of humans and rewilding has occurred naturally. The rest of the animal kingdom having once again found the perfect balance they had before our interference. Nature has reclaimed its space and all is once again right with the world. This is the second in the series where I decided to have an elephant and her baby wander freely in Times Square.Read more
Beyond the Precipice (2019)
In this painting I show a man's sleepwalk into oblivion. Here, the precipice of the climate crisis is far behind; the earth is disintegrating into an apocalypse of oil and fire... And still the planet's resources continue to be drilled and extracted and burnt and squandered: those with the power to change, instead ignore reality. In the foreground, a human figure consumed by flames grasps at its money - still the only measure of success of which he can conceive.Read more
I Matter (2019)
It’s important to help them survive. We all deserve to live.Read more
Pollution Window (2017)
"Pollution window" is one of many pieces of my modern pop art works. It reacts to global pollution which reflects how every small act by each one of us is polluting our environment. Sometimes, we look up to the sky and think to ourselves what a beautiful cloud while it's the opposite - a smoggy, polluted, chemical cloud that is dangerous for any living creature.Read more
Human Intervention (2019)
By destroying the world around us, we are destroying ourselves. The artwork shows how destructive human intervention can be in relation to the environment. Change will come from each indivdual and indivdually we can work together. All beings and all natural elements come from the same source and we are connected to everything that is living around us. By destroying the life around us, we are destroying ourselves. We can save ourselves by consciously connecting with nature and by realising what it offers us so we can live. The photo was taken six years ago in a forest near Bucharest in Romania, edited in November 2019.Read more
The Butterfly Effect (2019)
My artwork was painted digitally on a computer and is representing how over time small changes can have large unforeseen consequences. I believe human actions are directly responsible for the pollution of our land, seas, air quality and heavy industrial areas. We are endangering our wildlife through pollution and the destruction of animal habitats. Without urgent corrective intervention from the major nations of the world working together, I think we will ultimately be responsible for the extinction of the human race. Regarding the world climate, overall I think we have little or no control, ice ages come and go, but cleaning up our mess will inevitably help us all.
The Breath (2019)
Everything is connected. Everything is one. Trees, Humans, Universe.
Houses with smoke (2018)
We are polluting the world. We need to stop it.Read more
Spotlight on Portraits From The Precipice artist Ryan Louder
Ryan Louder has been a successful songwriter composer for twenty years with a huge output of symphonies to operas to co-writing with the biggest artists in the world from Dua Lipa to Migos.
He's a prolific oil painter of nearly 700 paintings only starting to paint little under three years ago. This creativity is partly due to his incurable brain disorder Narcolepsy which locks Ryan’s brain into REM awake or asleep, and has been put forward for a study at Guys and St Thomas hospital.
He sat down with some of the Octopus team to talk about his Portrait of Greta work – a tribute to the young climate activist Greta Thunberg taking the form of nine oil paintings and a symphony.
Have a look inside the studio, see how these paintings came together and listen to an excerpt of Greta in song in our interview below.
You can listen to his music here.
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