Safari Club International (SCI) has named Clint Eagar as Artist of the Year for 2021. His work will be featured at the 2022 SCI convention to be held January 19-22, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His original painting, Big Bull Elephant, will be sold at the convention while 120 giclées of the artwork have been made available to SCI chapters for their fundraising efforts.
Originally from South Africa, Eagar’s deep connection to African wildlife began at age six after seeing elephants for the first time in Kruger National Park. Wanting to highlight the pressures of poaching and habitat encroachment on many elephant populations, he selected this species as the subject matter for his donation to SCI.
“Elephants as we all know, must be protected and the lands we encroach upon,” he says. On a recent trip to Tanzania with his wife, he tells how their vehicle was surrounded by a herd of cruising elephants. “My wife being in Africa for the first time was awe struck by the shear grace and spectacle of these oversized creatures surrounding her. It was a pleasure watching her experience.”
Eagar’s original works, lithographs and prints have been published and distributed internationally since the age of 23. His contemporary works grace many private collections and are also exhibited in the Hong Kong International Airport. Eagar’s career has included a wide scope of design and product development work, including consumer products for Bombay Co, Pier-1, Disney Studios, Golfsmith, Hank Haney and many other brands. Recently his work has been featured on Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” HFN Magazine, Home Accents Today Magazine, and Sony Entertainment.
Today, Eagar focuses on creating fine wildlife artwork and exhibiting in his gallery in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. He volunteers his time and talents in design to support various conservation and charitable organizations, including Friends of South Walton Sea Turtle Foundation in Florida and the White Oak Conservation Reserve in Jacksonville, FL. He donates proceeds from the sale of his work to the reserve for rhino, cheetah and okapi conservation efforts.
“I’m very proud to do any small part to support these important and vital causes,” he says. “My connection to SCI is very much related, in that funds go to support environments in which all species may thrive and be managed for years to come. Thanks for the opportunity to work with SCI and to be part of this great organization’s family.”
Eagar’s work will be on display and available for purchase at SCI’s 50th Anniversary Convention, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Registration is open and specially priced hotel accommodations are available at www.safariclub/convention.