Would you have guessed that these two works of art were in fact painted not by established artists but by the winner and runner-up in a chimpanzee painting competition hosted by The Humane Society of the United States to raise money for retired chimps?!
The month-long contest pitted six amateur chimp artists from sanctuaries across the country.
Brent, winner of the public’s vote and a $10,000 prize, is 37 years old and lives at Chimp Haven in Keithville, LA. He paints only with his tongue and his unique approach and style, while a little unorthodox, results in beautiful pieces of art.
Cheetah, a sprightly 36 year old and former medical test subject, was voted second by the public and awarded a $5,000 prize.
All the paintings will be auctioned on eBay to raise additional funds and we think they would grace any gallery wall.
Photos: Meredith Lee / HSUS