Alex & Elephant\
photo by Katya Arnold
The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project was founded in 1998 by visionary artists, Komar & Melamid. It is amazing to think that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the organization. Based on the conceptual idea of utilizing art to improve the lives of elephants, we are honored to continue carrying on the principled tradition of Komar & Melamid all these years. We would like to thank everyone who has been a part of the journey along the way and all those who have and still support the AEACP. Thank you.


Four Photos of Lucky

We are excited to announce that the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project has relocated its office to the San Francisco Bay Area. The Endangered Artists Gallery in Brooklyn, NY was closed this past May in preparation for the move. We are grateful to everyone who visited and helped support the gallery over the past two years. Thank you. We are looking forward to big things to come.

In other news…
Earlier this year, Lucky fell critically ill with a very serious virus. Through your donations to the AEACP and round the clock care by the staff and vets at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (where Lucky lives), she has since come back from the brink. Lucky is now on a steady dose of steroids but is eating again and has some of her old energy back. We are relieved at the news but it looks to be a long road ahead as she has had a few set backs during her recovery. She will unfortunately have to remain on medication for the foreseeable future. We appreciate the efforts of those at the Rescue Center in doing all they can to provide her with the care she needs.
Lucky was rescued from illegal wildlife traders in 1999 when she was only six months old and has been living at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center ever since. In 2003, she was taught how to paint by AEACP co-founder Alex Melamid and his wife Katya Arnold. The painting program that included Lucky, Naram, and Sema has since become one part of Lucky’s enrichment program at PTWRC. You can see a short clip of Lucky painting on our Video page.
Lucky still continues to paint when she is feeling up to it. Her illness and process were recently featured on NBC News and elsewhere. You can see the NBC segment here (
The AEACP has been partnering with Wildlife Alliance, who helps oversee PTWRC since those first days in 2003. We now have special WA promotional tshirts that have been painted on by Lucky available for sale. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go directly toward Lucky’s recovery efforts. You can find the shirts in the Lucky gallery from the list on the right.
As before, you can also still support her recovery with the purchase of artwork or by making a donation to the AEACP, please just mention Lucky in your comment. The AEACP is a 501c3 and donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Lucky T-Shirts

The AEACP has some exciting events coming up in the next few months and will have some new Elephant Art tees and bags available soon.
Endangered Artists: An Exhibition of Elephant Art & Fashion
photo by David Ferris
The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project (AEACP) is excited to announce our upcoming Exhibition Opening of ‘Art & Fashion by Elephants’. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 5th, 2014 from 6:30 - 9:30pm at our Endangered Artists Gallery. The gallery is located at 566 Lorimer St. #1FR (2nd Fl.) at Metropolitan Ave. just steps from the Lorimer stop on the L.

The opening will feature beautiful brand new works by Thai artists, Yod Yeam and Noppakhao. The event is free but all proceeds from sales and donations will go to benefit the elephants themselves.

Please RSVP at or on the Facebook page (

Thank you. We hope to see you there!

Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations
On view October 19, 2013 to June 29, 2014
photo courtesy of Anchalee Kalmapijit
Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA: We are definitely looking forward to the opening of Beyond Human next month. AEACP co-founder and internationally renowned artist, Alexander Melamid, and AEACP Executive Director, David Ferris, will both be giving presentations at the museum on opening day. The AEACP will have three beautiful pieces included in the year-long exhibition. Two of the works are by elephants at ElephantStay in Ayutthaya, Thailand, and the third is a large mural created by three talented elephants under the direction of human artist, Cholasinth Chorsakul, at Maetamann Elephant Camp. The exhibition and opening are both open to the public.
“The center's premiere exhibition, Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations, features nearly 40 paintings, installations, photographs and audio and video recordings by artists who co-create or investigate art with live animals. From bowerbirds that create elaborate displays to Asian elephants that have learned to paint and Weimaraners that patiently pose for photographs, Beyond Human explores the varied ways in which contemporary artists interface with animals to create original and surprising works of art.” - Courtesy of PEM

AEACP to host exhibition of Wildlife Photography with Wildlife Alliance

photo courtesy of Wildlife Alliance
The AEACP welcomes Nick Marx and Wildlife Alliance to our Gallery for an evening dedicated to the preservation of endangered wildlife. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 2013 at 566 Lorimer St. #1FR. Brooklyn, NY. 11211. Nick Marx is the Director of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Rescue Center is home to Lucky and Naram, two of our talented painters. We have been helping to support PTWRC since 2003. Mr. Marx does an amazing job running the center as well as overseeing the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team which is focused on stopping the illegal wildlife trade. We are honored to have him here at the gallery and look forward to the event. There will be a presentation by both Nick and AEACP Director, David Ferris. Beautiful wildlife photography and elephant paintings will be available for sale.

New Elephant Art Needlepoint Canvases Now Available
photo by David Ferris
Our friends at the Art Needlepoint Company have a new collection of Elephant Art needlepoint canvas kits available for purchase. A percentage of each sale does go back to benefit the elephants. You can now stitch your own favorite elephant painting…and what could be better than that. Get yours today!

“Art Needlepoint Company was founded on the simple idea that art, like good design, should be available to everyone. Our canvases represent a large variety of artists from nearly all centuries and genres. We like to think of the art of needlepoint as the ability to create maximum effect from a minimum of materials. With so much art work available across time, there is at least one if not dozens of works of art for every taste and every skill level. With a myriad of thread and stitch choices, stitchers can unleash their creativity to make each canvas their own.” – courtesy of

NEW Elephant Art tshirts and tote bags are in the works! Coming soon…
New Tote Bag
photo by David Ferris

photo by Alexander Melamid, courtesy of Sotheby’s
Nice little slideshow featuring Elephant Art in Time Magazine entitled, "Wild at Art: Astonishing Paintings, Sculptures, and Photographs by Animal Artists"

Gallery Door
photo by David Ferris
Please help us to provide for these magnificent creatures by purchasing artwork or making a donation to the AEACP. Your help does make a difference.
Direct donations to the AEACP are always welcome and can be done with a credit card, by clicking on the DONATE button at the top of the DONATION page of our website. Donations are fully tax deductible.
The AEACP is always on the lookout for new exhibition venues, speaking engagements, and fundraising opportunities. If interested or have ideas on how to bring Elephant Art to your city, community, or neighborhood, please let us know.
If you have any questions about the above information, please feel free to give us a ring at 212.625.0939 or email at


Monk's Boy in Cambodia
photo by David Ferris
We here at the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project would like to wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013! It definitely feels like its going to be a good year, both for the elephants and hopefully for everyone else as well. I can feel it! There have been a lot of interesting events and press items over the past few months and it seems that the coming year is bringing with it many more. We appreciate your help in working to save the remaining Asian Elephants left on our planet!


Elephant in Sri Lanka
photo courtesy of Millennium Elephant Foundation

Recent progress has been made in the actual fence design while the fundraising efforts continue. Money for the construction of the enclosure is being raised by the AEACP as well as by volunteers at Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF). Thank you to all for your effort and support.

In order to move the project forward more efficiently, we have figured a way to divide up the gated enclosure into three independent sections. This way, when enough funds are raised, we can begin with phase one, seeing it to completion, before taking on parts two and three. This will allow us to create a complete and useful enclosure in a more timely manner rather than having to wait for the total sum to be raised before breaking ground. The remaining sections will then be connected to the first enclosure as we reach our fundraising goals for each portion.

String in Sri Lanka
photo courtesy of Millennium Elephant Foundation
Millennium Elephant Foundation is located in Kegalle, Sri Lanka. They take in and cares for abused and injured elephants from the surrounding area. The elephants are rehabilitated and when possible returned to the wild or to one of the surrounding National Parks. If this is not possible or if it was a captive elephant to begin with, the elephant is maintained and cared for at MEF.

MEF has eight elephants on site. The elephants receive regular veterinary care, are bathed twice a day in a tranquil river setting and eat quite well. The only problem is that because the Foundation is located near a village and does not have an adequate boundary fence, the elephants spend much of their time tethered to a post. This is required so that the elephants do not damage property, hurt or kill any people, or injure themselves. Although a necessary reality, it is obviously a less than an ideal existence for them.

As such, we are currently helping to raise funds for the construction of a boundary fence around the perimeter of the grounds. This would allow the elephants significantly more time off chains, and in turn more time to socialize with other elephants. The aim of this fence is to directly improve the lives and general health of the elephants on site. This is one of the many tangible ways in which the AEACP directly benefits elephants in need.

String Elephant in Sri Lanka
Readjusting the proposed fence line.
photo courtesy of Millennium Elephant Foundation

With the help of MEF owner, Mr. Sandith Samarasinghe, Mr. Ravi Corea at the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society, and MEF volunteers, it was determined that a reinforced steel fence would be needed rather than the more inexpensive but less reliable electric fence we had originally planned. A detailed map of the area and an itemized budget has been put together to aid with fundraising. The total cost of the fence is $70,000 USD. This estimate includes the purchase and transportation of all raw materials, construction, and labor costs. For us to be able to complete Phase One, we are looking to raise an initial $30,000 USD. So far, a total of $12,000 has been raised for this important project.

If interested in supporting The Fence Project, please make a tax-exempt donation here on our website or if you would like to learn more, please contact us directly at

Ayutt Baby
photo by David Ferris

“There is still a lot of work to be done to recover from the massive setbacks that resulted from the floods. We feel that we have only recently recovered emotionally and so our work to rebuild continues.

During the last few months we have had major cause for celebration and major tragedies. We have had two heartbreaking events. Firstly we lost our beautiful girl Naamwan. She was our princess and we miss her terribly. During the floods late last year she was stuck on the walls for weeks and because some of the other babies insisted on feeding from her as well as her own baby, she lost lots of weight. No matter what we did, she would not put on any weight. There were no conclusive tests results as to why her weight continued to drop and before we could really help her, she eventually collapsed and passed away. We also lost our dear boy Panlaan. He was only 8 years old. He was the inspiration for Thailand's first animation feature Khan Kluay (The Blue Elephant).

On a brighter note, we celebrated our 52nd successful birth! Kam Lai Phet was the first elephant to give birth in our breeding program and after 3 girls she finally gave birth to a boy in June. The babies are a constant source of enjoyment and remind us all of how important it is to work for these elephants and give them a sustainable future.“
Ewa Narkiewicz
Communications Director
ElephantStay, Ayutthaya, Thailand

photo courtesy of Wildlife Alliance
“A 16 year old male elephant named Sakor was recently rescued and brought to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. Sakor had been causing problems along Koh Kong province’s main thoroughfare since early this year - causing snarls in traffic, destroying telephone poles, and infiltrating villages and plantations. For several months angry locals and truck drivers attempted to push him off the road, at one point resulting in a wound to his front leg and a traffic collision a few weeks after. At the end of May, the provincial governor of Koh Kong requested that the Forestry Administration, with the assistance of Wildlife Alliance, remove Sakor for his safety and the safety of the people living in the area.

After two failed rescue attempts in July and early August, information arrived on August 25th that Sakor was once again causing problems on the road. A rescue team led by Forestry Administration veterinarian, Nhim Thy, and Wildlife Programs Director, Nick Marx, arrived on scene shortly thereafter and began the rescue process. After an arduous 3-day extraction operation, Sakor and the team set off for Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, which has since become Sakor’s new home. He joins five other rescued Asian elephants who reside there, including Chhouk, the elephant with a prosthetic foot, [and our painters, Lucky and Naram]. Sakor is now safe and thriving at Phnom Tamao under the care of Wildlife Alliance’s animal husbandry specialists and veterinarians..”
Excerpt from article by Wildlife Alliance. The AEACP has been providing funding and support to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center since 2003.


DC Crowd
photo by David Ferris
WASHINGTON DC - Last August, the AEACP hosted an evening of Elephant Art & Fashion at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington DC. The exhibition featured new original works, the latest elephant art fashion, and a short presentation by AEACP Executive Director, David Ferris.

Proceeds largely went to support the Sri Lankan Fence Project mentioned above. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the AEACP during the show. In addition, we would like to especially give thanks to Marvin Rosskopf, Steven Stone, and the Director of the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Brooke Seidelmann.


photo by David Ferris

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Art created by elephant artists returned to Prince George Art & Frame last September and October for another wonderful exhibition. After the success of the show in 2007, owner Fred Miller decided to bring back this unique exhibit. The show was titled 'Pachyderm Painters II: Return of the Elephants'.

An exhibit of more than two dozen paintings created by Asian elephants was on display for over a month. The show was a huge success and we would like to thank Fred Miller, his staff, and everyone who showed their support. Thank you!

Salem Museum exhibition
photo courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum
On view October 19, 2013 to June 29, 2014

We are excited to be a part of an upcoming year-long exhibition at the beautiful Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. The multi-artist show will feature three original elephant paintings. One of which will be a work by Nom Chok, since he was one of the original elephants trained by Komar & Melamid. According to the museum, Nom Chok’s inclusion in the show highlights the pioneering artist-elephant partnership in this exhibition. More on this exciting event to come.

Masquerade Wine Label
photo courtesy of Masquerade Wines
The AEACP is proud to announce that the second installment of Masquerade Wine’s “Effervescing Elephant” Brut Sparkling Wine has been released to great critical acclaim. “Effervescing Elephant” recently won the Double Gold in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition as well as received a Merit Award for its beautiful label! The wine label features a lovely painting of a mother and baby elephant by the very talented Noppakhao. You can find and purchase the wine at Masquerade Wines (10% of sales go back to the AEACP) or you can purchase similar original artwork here on our site. We are very excited about this honor and want to wish Masquerade Wines the best of luck in the coming year.

DeTemple Guitar
photo by David Ferris
Our friends at DeTemple Guitars recently shared a collection of photos of the first ever Elephant Guitar being made. This one-of-a-kind hand crafted guitar was commishioned for The Trunk Show, the first ever Elephant Art Fashion Show we did a few years back. Pretty cool and the guitar turned out beautifully!!
Check the photos out on Facebook!


Ivory Trade
photo by David Ferris

A member of our esteemed Board of Advisors, Steven Stone, recently authored an article on the illegal ivory trade. It is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with by governments and individuals alike. The article is a moving and informative piece.

photo by Katya Arnold

“In her unstaged and unmanipulated photographs, Arnold transforms quotidian objects into personal, poetic and unique art."

Original new works by two of the AEACP founders was recently on display here in New York. Katya Arnold’s solo photography exhibition, Lost Souls, was on exhibit last month at (Art) Amalgamated Gallery. To learn more about Katya and her work, please visit


painting by Alexander Melamid
photo by Alexander Melamid
Meanwhile, AEACP founder and one half of Komar & Melamid, Alexander Melamid’s new exhibition, Heaven and Hell, is currently on display at (Art) Amalgamated in New York.
“Melamid will portray Hell through a series of “image burning” videos. Mr. Melamid will deep fry portraits of iconic cultural figures of the 20th century. Metaphorically destroying these venerated icons becomes a cleansing ritual, one that would free the viewers to explore art and their worldviews without the burden of enshrined historical ideologies.”

Lucky Running
photo by David Ferris
As always, the AEACP is on the lookout for new exhibition venues, speaking opportunities, and fundraising ideas. If interested or have an idea how to bring Elephant Art to your city, community, or neighborhood, please let us know.

Direct donations to the AEACP are always welcome and can be done with a credit card, by clicking on the DONATE button at the top of the DONATION page of our website. Donations are fully tax deductible.
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If you have any questions about the above information, please feel free to give us a ring at 212.625.0939 or email at