Hair & Horns by Ben StevensonRegular price £140.00
Title: Hair & Horns by Ben Stevenson
Type: Original / Limited Edition Print / Framed / Unframed
Unsurprisingly, Highland cattle have been famous throughout history for their distinctive look! They are known as the gentle giants of Scotland with their long horns and flowing red locks.
The Highland Cow is the oldest registered breed of cattle in the world! Usually we think of them with a traditional ginger-red coat to survive the Scottish highland winters but they can be black, brindle, yellow and even white. Their hair is long, reaching 13 inches with a double layered coat and oily layer to prevent rain seeping in while the under coat is downy and warm. Their fringe us called a ‘dossan’ and it makes you wonder if they can see where they are going. They have long distinctive horns, helping them forage for food during snowy winters. They use the horns to dig deep into pastures covered with snow.
They have amazing longevity and live for about 20 years. In a group they are called a ‘fold’ not a herd and are docile unless their young are threatened. Locally and affectionately known as ‘Hairy Coos’, I think they are beautiful!
Layers of graphite pencil building depth and texture with use of a fine and soft brush which adds subtle tonal changes. This detailed approach in over 50hrs of work results in a modern, crisp and highly detailed finish. Credit for photo reference: Chris MacGregor