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Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife since the late 1990s. Since that time he donates a portion of the sales proceeds to various conservation organizations as well as donates sculptures for fund raising events. Though he sculpts a variety of species, he specializes in the African elephant. Many elephants are known individuals from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. He has been a longtime supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), ElephantVoices and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). In 2015 he donated a bronze sculpture (Orphans) to DSWT for a fund raising event hosted at London's Landmark Hotel. Recently he has begun supporting Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) and Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF). In 2015, he designed and sculpted three bas relief plaques for Laikipia Wildlife Forum. These plaques are given to LWF donors in their highest three donor categories. Aja's bronze sculptures are in the private collections of elephant researchers Cynthia Moss and Joyce Poole, wildlife cinematographer Martyn Colbeck, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Bennington Center for the Arts and NBA great and Basketball Hall of Famer, Sam Jones.


Traveling to Africa for the first time in 1978, Doug took part in a wilderness education program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). There he studied wilderness and mountaineering skills, outdoor leadership, minimum impact camping and Kenya's culture. He continues to visit East Africa regularly to take photos, gather reference material and to further his knowledge and understanding of his subjects. He often backpacks on Mount Kenya, through Maasailand and has climbed Kilimanjaro.


Artists Affiliations

Signature Member: Society of Animal Artists (SAA)
Signature Member: Artists for Conservation (AFC)
Elected Member: National Sculpture Society (NSS)
Fellow: American Artists Professional League (AAPL)
Elected Member: Allied Artists of America (AAA)
Artists Against Extinction


 
Support for Conservation:
Supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Elephant Voices, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Action for Cheetahs in Kenya and Laikipia Wildlife Forum.

2015: Harambee 2015 DSWT fundraiser
Donated bronze "Orphans". Sold for $3,800.

2015: Laikipia Wildlife Forum
Donated time designing and sculpting three bas relief plaques for LWF's highest three donor categories; Kifaru, Ndovu and Simba. These plaques will be cast at Kim Bronze Sculptures Studio.

2015: Donated Cheetah sculptures to Action for Cheetahs in Kenya

2009: October; Fundraiser for Elephants and ElephantVoices with Dr. Joyce Poole. Presented by the Los Angeles Alliance for Elephants. Donated bronze elephant "Battle Weary". Donated photographs; "Echo" and " Through the Shadows".

2008: October; Fundraiser for Elephants and ElephantVoices with Dr. Joyce Poole. Donated bronze elephant "Echo & Calf".




 
Special Achievements:
  • Awards
    Sculpture

    Society of Animal Artists: Art and the Animal 2017, 57th Annual Members Exhibition: Award of Excellence, Football Buddies

    Artists for Conservation: Conservation Artist of the Month for January, 2017

    American Artists Professional League: 89th Grand National Exhibition 2017: Blick Art Materials Award, Orphans

    The Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) 42nd Annual International Miniature Art Show, 2017; Second Place Birds & Animals; Elephant Calf

    Heartland Art Guild:13th Annual International Miniature Art Show 2017 Honorable Mention; Elephant Calf

    Artists for Conservation: The Art of Conservation Exhibition 2016; Medal of Excellence; Football Buddies

    American Artists Professional League: 88th Grand National Exhibition 2016, Kathryn Thayer Hobson Award; Football Buddies

    Academic Artists Association 66th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism 2016; Academic Artists Excellence Award; Mourning Erin

    The Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) 41st Annual International Miniature Art Show, 2016; Second Place Sculpture; Fleeing Gazelle

    St Augustine Art Association. 7th Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit 2016; Honorable Mention; Dionysus

    Heartland Art Guild: 12th Annual International Miniature Art Show 2016; Honorable Mention; Fleeing Gazelle

    American Artists Professional League: Portrait Theme Show 2016; Technique/Skill Award; Elephant Keeper

    Allied Artists of American Annual Exhibition 2015: Elliot Liskin Memorial Award; Wallow

    Laumeister Fine Art Competition, Bennington Center for the Arts: Honorable Mention 2015; Ungainly Grace

    The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.: 82nd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, 2015; First Place; Fleeing Gazelle

    Heartland Art Guild: 11th Annual International Miniature Art Show 2015; Special Award for Sculpture; Cheetah Cub

    American Artists Professional League: Sculpture Theme Show 2015; Degree of Difficulty Award; Locked In Battle

    Society of Animal Artists: Art and the Animal 2014, 54th Annual Members Exhibition: The Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award for Realistic Sculpture; Orphans

    American Artists Professional League: 86th Grand National Exhibition 2014, Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor; Mourning Erin

    Seaside Art Gallery: 23rd International Miniature Art Show, 2014 Best Sculpture/Metal; Elephant Keeper

    Wildscape Magazine: Winner, Professional Category & Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011; Mourning Erin

    Laumeister Fine Art Competition, Bennington Center for the Arts: Honorable Mention 2010; Locked In Battle

    Artists for Conservation: The Art of Conservation Exhibition 2009: Wildscape Award, Editorís Choice Runner-up; Final Warning

    Chaffee Center for the Arts: 42nd Memberís Show 2003, Connie Smith Memorial Award; In His Prime


    Photography Awards

    Wildscape Magazine: First Place: Photography Competition 2011, Black & White Category; Portrait of Echo

    Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008: Semi-finalist; Portrait of Echo

    Chaffee Center for the Arts: 44nd Memberís Show 2005, Merit Award; Portrait of Echo



     
  • Major Exhibitions
    SSociety of Animal Artists
    Annual Members Exhibition: Art and the Animal: 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017
    Member's Show and Sale at Trailside Galleries, 2017
    "OUT OF AFRICA" SAA/African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Sale Show, 2016

    Artists for Conservation
    The Art of Conservation Exhibition: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

    National Sculpture Society
    79th Annual Awards Exhibition 2012
    84th Annual Awards Exhibition 2017
    Performance in Sculpture exhibition at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida 2013-2015, 2017-2019

    Bennington Center for the Arts
    Art of the Animal Kingdom: 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
    Wildscapes: 2016, 2017
    Laumeister Fine Art Competition: 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    Collective Membersí Show 2017
    Small Works Show: 2014, 2015

    American Artists Professional League
    86th Grand National Exhibition 2014
    87th Grand National Exhibition 2015
    88th Grand National Exhibition 2016
    89th Grand National Exhibition 2017
    Sculpture Theme Show 2015
    Portrait Theme Show 2016

    Allied Artists of America
    102nd Annual Exhibition 2015
    103rd Annual Exhibition 2016
    104th Annual Exhibition 2017

    Academic Artists Association
    66th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism 2016
    67th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism 2017

    St Augustine Art Association
    7th Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit 2016
    8th Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit 2017

    Art Renewal Center
    8th International A.R.C. Salon Competition: 2011/2012 Finalist
    13th International ARC Salon Competition 2017/2018 Finalist

    Audubon Artists
    2017 Audubon Artists 75th Exhibition

    ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest
    Art4apes 2014
    Art4apes 2015
    Art4apes 2016
    Art4apes 2017


    The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS)
    80th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, 2013
    81st Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, 2014
    82nd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, 2015
    83rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, 2016
    84rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, 2017

    The Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)
    39th Annual International Miniature Art Show, 2014
    40th Annual International Miniature Art Show, 2015
    41st Annual International Miniature Art Show, 2016
    42nd Annual International Miniature Art Show, 2017
    43rd Annual International Miniature Art Show, 2018

    Seaside Art Gallery
    23rd International Miniature Art Show, 2014
    24th International Miniature Art Show, 2015
    25th International Miniature Art Show, 2016
    26th International Miniature Art Show, 2017

    Heartland Art Guild
    11th Annual International Miniature Art Show 2015
    12th Annual International Miniature Art Show 2016
    13th Annual International Miniature Art Show 2017

    Art Kudos
    13th annual online juried competition 2017

    Vermont Institute of Natural Science
    Solo Show 2011-2012

    Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year
    Semi-finalist 2008

    Bill Jordan Wildlife Defense Fund
    Featured Wildlife Artist: "The HeART of Wildlife Defense", Madison Wisconsin, 2005

    Holland & Holland Art Gallery, New York City,
    Group show: 2003

    Wild Wings
    Art Festival: Minnesota 2003


     
Collections: Publications:
  • Contemporary Wildlife Art (2015)
    More about Contemporary Wildlife Art
    Douglas Aja is one of the wildlife artists represented in Contemporary Wildlife Art. - Over 360 spectacular art pieces are accompanied by personal statements from 74 artists in this curated selection of contemporary works. The artists, who come from across the United States, and from places such as New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom, all convey their respect, enthusiasm, and personal connections to wildlife. A wide range of styles and media is covered including photography, glass, relief woodcarving, mosaics, pastels, oil, watercolor and acrylic painting, bronzes, stoneware, terracotta and porcelains, ink, graphite and colored pencil, digital illustration, felted sculpture and fabric collage, and more. Examples of wildlife presented are bears, birds, elephants, monkeys, pandas, tigers, foxes, wolves, owls, seals, and even insects. This book is a great gift for wildlife and nature enthusiasts, interior designers, museums, art collectors, art educators, and artists.
    Author: Cindy Ann Coldiron
    Published by: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
     
  • Sculpture Review, Spring 2015 edition (2015)
    AFC members Douglas Aja and Rosetta were featured in the Sculpture Review article "Healing Art, Aid for the Animals of Africa." - 
    Author: Jodie A. Shull
    Published by: National Sculpture Society
     
Organization Membership:

  • Signature Member: Society of Animal Artists (SAA)
    Signature Member: Artists for Conservation (AFC)
    Elected Member: National Sculpture Society (NSS)
    Fellow: The American Artists Professional League (AAPL)
    Artists Against Extinction
     

 

 
 
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