Actually he is a young orangutan and the name orangutan means “man of the forest” in the Malay language. In the lowland forests in which they reside, orangutans live solitary existences.
They feast on wild fruits like lychees, mangosteens and figs, and slurp water from holes in trees. They make nests in trees of vegetation to sleep at night and rest during the day. Adult male orangutans can weigh up to 200 pounds but this little chap has a long way to go.
I was inspired and amused to paint him and decided he would appeal to younger friends of mine. I was right!
Acrylics on canvas. Size 12 x 16 ins