Art Lovers Are Going Bananas Over Capuchin Monkey's Paintings

By Meera Dolasia on December 16, 2011

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While appreciation of art is subjective as a whole, that of abstract art is even more so. What appears to be a useless bunch of squiggly lines to some, may be worth hundreds or even millions of dollars to others. That certainly seems to be the case with emerging artist Pockets Warhol, and the fact that he is not a human, but a Capuchin monkey does not seem to have fazed his fans.

Named after the famous painter Andy Warhol because of his unruly white hair, Pockets Warhol's artistic prowess was discovered quite accidentally. In an attempt to keep the 18-year old monkey occupied, Charmaine Quin, a volunteer at Story Book Farm, a private sanctuary for monkeys in Sunderland, Ontario, gave him a white canvas and some non-toxic finger paints.

To her surprise, using his fingers, toes, tail and even butt, the monkey created a masterpiece! And, there has been no looking back since. The monkey, whose talent is being compared to masters like Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell, has been selling his paintings for, as much as, $400 USD each. In fact, Pockets Warhol has become so popular that he is now holding his first exhibition featuring 40 original works at Sadie's Diner and Juice Bar in Toronto.

The primate's fame and money raising ability comes at an opportune time for Story Book Farm that is home to 24 rescued monkeys. That's because the sanctuary has outgrown its current space and needs to build new structures to accommodate the animals. We sure hope the exhibition is a success and that this talented Capuchin monkey can help raise some of the $100,000 USD the center needs, to complete the re-building project.

Resources: Huffingtonpost.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • OliviaMonkey12/17/2011
    Cutest monkey ever!!!
    • skippy430
      skippy43012/17/2011
      hes so cute!!! that iz amazing!!!
      • fabgirl44
        fabgirl4412/17/2011
        Awww...Can I keep him?? LOL ADORABLE + CUTE = CUDORABLE!!! ;)
        • ilovehorses
          ilovehorses12/17/2011
          How much are they again?
          • fabgirl44
            fabgirl4412/17/2011
            Awww...Can I keep him?? LOL! Sooooooo cute!!! <3
            • doglover
              doglover12/17/2011
              soooo cute!
              • amysavgirl
                amysavgirl12/17/2011
                I WANT THIS MONKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) follow meh!
                • doglover
                  doglover12/17/2011
                  totally amysavgirl
                • sparkly3972
                  sparkly397212/17/2011
                  So cute!!!!
                  • sparkly3972
                    sparkly397212/17/2011
                    Monkey + Paint =AWESOME PAINTINGS However, what would that monkey use the money for? They have humans to take care of them, so no doing it on houses, um.... I have it! MORE PAINT!!!!
                    • fabgirl44
                      fabgirl4412/17/2011
                      LOL ur right!!
                      • fabgirl44
                        fabgirl4412/17/2011
                        Ur right!! Monkey + Paint IS Awesome Paintings......but....the only thing better is.... JUSTIN BIEBER + PAINT!!! Ha!! xD LOL follow me!!! :)
                        • amysavgirl
                          amysavgirl12/17/2011
                          :)
                        • arianna
                          arianna12/16/2011
                          Yeah! good money!

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