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Lot 226
(2016)
Guy Combes (1971–Present)
Spirit of Soysambu (2016)
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in
$14,000–$18,000

“Soysambu is rich with reminders of my late father, and now that I live in California and only get to go back once a year, those memory triggers are strong and poignant. Leopards have a reputation for revealing themselves at their own whim, and in this respect I seem to have better luck than most finding them. A close friend and neighbour at Soysambu always tells me that when I do, it’s my father checking in, and my encounters would certainly encourage the belief that this is true. I am most frequently on my own, the leopard is relaxed, and it’s most often at a time when I need spiritual reassurance. I always come away from such encounters with an incredible sense of euphoria, the like of which is impossible to describe or recreate in any way. My safari clients often make the mistake of assuming that my ‘leopard luck’ will rub off on them, but unfortunately this rarely happens. The giant candelabra euphorbia forest at Soysambu is one of the very unique ecosystems proudly protected within the conservancy, and it’s at its thickest around the Simon Combes campsite, where
I found the inspiration for this painting. It is an homage to the memory of my father and his passion for the beautiful sanctuary he wanted to see preserved forever.” – Guy Combes