The Pig Project

 
Paintings by Philip McCulloch-Downs

Pig painting by Philip Downs

When we go inside a pig farm, a cattle market or a broiler shed we often inadvertently invoke the law of unintended consequences. Things happen that were never intended or anticipated.

Philip Animal RightsWhen we go inside a pig farm, a cattle market or a broiler shed we often inadvertently invoke the law of unintended consequences. Things happen that were never intended or anticipated.

Our recent undercover exposés have resulted in superb coverage in both mainstream and social media, highlighting the plight of farmed animals, which was what we intended (only better). The effect they had on one of our own staff was never intended.

Philip McCulloch-Downs works in our merchandise department and he is also our artist in residence. Now in his forties, he has spent his life since leaving art school pursuing his own art and writing and reluctantly taking work as a a graphic designer when necessary, to pay the bills.

Having seen our recent investigations almost at first hand, Philip felt compelled to express his feelings through art. But let him explain.
“These paintings are based on the images taken by Viva! and are an attempt to produce works of art from the appalling conditions uncovered on these standard UK pig farms.

Pig

“The portraits attempt to give these animals a dignity that they were never shown in their short lives and to stand as a memorial to each one as an individual as well as being representatives of the way we, as a society, treat their species.

“I cover the treatment of sows and their piglets, the physical conditions of their environment, the cynical lies of the meat marketing companies and the lost individuals who are a discarded by-product of this industry.

“Painted in acrylic on canvas board, this artwork is simply an emotional response by me to the investigative footage that Viva! has obtained. The one exception is Clover (top right), the sixth and final painting which is a positive image of a pig in the wild. It will be auctioned later in the year to raise funds for Viva!.”

Some of Philip’s work has already been bought by vegan art galleries and he has raised over £1,400 for our campaigns. viva.org.uk/artforanimals viva.org.uk/pigproject