Monday, December 02, 2002

THIS IS ART

Simian art draws rave reviews
Last Updated Fri, 29 Nov 2002 22:00:15
MONTREAL - A small Toronto art gallery is featuring the abstract work of seven unexpected talents.

The modern paintings were created by chimpanzees that spent years travelling with the circus and acting as test subjects for medical research.

The chimps were infected with the HIV virus, used for hepatitis research and had liver biopsies.

Gloria Grow and her partner rescued one chimp named Tom and 14 others from a New York laboratory five years ago. They decided to use their hobby farm at the Fauna Foundation to give the chimps a new life....

Gallery owner Hashem Altakawy said it's getting a good reception. "I think this is the first time we've had a show like this in the gallery. They love it."

The original paintings sell for between $700 and $1,200, with all the money going toward the care of the chimps.