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Mwenye the Lion | Lion

Mwenye the Lion | Lion

David Bucklow

Regular price $1,820
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Introducing "Mwenye," an original masterpiece by David Bucklow that celebrates the majestic essence of the African lion. The very name, meaning "lord" in Swahili, reflects the regal stature and presence of this iconic creature.

This artwork is a tribute to the noble adult male lion, adorned with its distinctive mane and commanding a head-to-body length of 184–208 cm. With a captivating portrayal that captures every intricate detail, Bucklow's artistry reveals the true essence of this social species. Lions form prides, comprised of adult males, related females, and cubs, showcasing the beauty of their interconnected lives.

Immerse yourself in Bucklow's signature photo-realistic style, where his unrivaled talent and meticulous technique bring this artwork to life. From South Africa's landscapes to its vivid seascapes and intimate portraits, his portfolio resonates with captivating beauty.

Yet, it's within his wildlife works that Bucklow's heart truly beats. Each piece is a symphony of vibrant hues and mesmerizing character, brought to life through the entrancing eyes of the animals.

Own a piece of the wild, where "Mwenye" embodies the untamed spirit of the African savannah. As you gaze upon this artwork, the lion's intense stare connects you to the untamed heart of nature, echoing in your space and soul.

About Artist

"Every painting is meant for someone. One person may not like it, but the next person immediately falls in love. That moment of someone connecting deeply with my work is the most inspiring for me." 

David Bucklow spent his childhood on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, where he started sketching and drawing from a young age. His intense love of wildlife became evident at the age of five when he presented his parents with a beautiful crayon sketch of a lion. This early Buckow work still hangs on the wall of his parent's home!

David ventured into the art of portraiture, devoting his spare time to improving his artistic abilities in doing portraits and experimenting with both pastel and pencil sketches. Despite being well talented in this form of art, David started to feel that he should once again devote his time and talents to painting wildlife, a decision that he has never regretted.

After moving to Cape Town at 18 years old, Bucklow discovered his exceptional talent as a photo-realistic painter. His raw talent as a self-taught artist soon evolved into his signature style featuring wildlife, landscapes and seascapes. Over time, he has continued to evolve his technique and treatment of detail to the delight of international collectors.

Bucklow works from photographs and uses a selection of acrylics on canvas to capture the minute details of his subjects, finishing the work by coating the canvas to give it extra lustre.  

"When you get the eyes just right, the artwork comes to life, and you can almost feel the animal's stare as if she is watching your every move – as they do in the wild. It's quite special and takes me back to the wild bush every time," says Bucklow. 

Bucklow works from his studio in Cape Town and devotes time to fundraising for wildlife and domestic animal welfare.

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This safe and cost-effective packaging is our preferred packaging option. We'll remove the canvas from the stretcher frame and roll it up into this sturdy and protective cardboard tube for shipping. Upon delivery, simply have the canvas re-stretched at your local framer.FLAT-PACKED / BOXED
We package the artwork on its stretcher frame or in a frame. The artwork is securely bubble-wrapped and packed into a sealed cardboard box. This option offers good protection of your artwork while in-transit, without the additional cost associated with custom-crating.


We build a custom-crate specifically to provide the best protection for your artwork. However, it's also the most costly option. We recommend custom-crates for the transportation of fragile artworks such as sculptures, ceramics and very large painting

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In the unlikely event that you are not entirely satisfied with your art purchase, we offer you additional peace of mind with our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. Our full money back 10 day Return Policy applies for online purchases only. If you feel you need to return your artwork, for whatever reason, you can notify us within 10 (ten) days of your purchase, return the item to us and receive a full refund.

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  • Certified Authentic Art

    Certified Authentic Art

  • 10 Day Return Policy

    10 Day Return Policy

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  • Established in 1987

    Established in 1987

  • World Wide Delivery

    World Wide Delivery

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