Chris Tap

Chris Tap (b. 1973, Amsterdam) attended university where he studied  economy and cultural anthropology, before he went to become a full time sculptor.
Tap is fascinated mostly by cats. The power they possess, the flexibility and grand style in which they move. Tap exhibited his works in art fairs globally.
In the last 12 years he developed his passion in an autodidact manner. Aside from studying anatomy Chris has spent a lot of time in zoos with live models of big cats.

 Chris came across the opportunity at the Amsterdam Zoo Artis to see cats from the closest distance possible, when they were given an anesthetic for medical reasons. Careful he measured up the big cats from every angle to the smallest details > the muscles, the bones, the eyes, how far is the distance between the eyes, etc. He took a close look at a jaguar called ‘Inaja’.

He is the second generation of artists in his family – his father Wim Tap was a well known artist in Holland which means Chris knows the craft from very close by since he was born.

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Chris is one of the great contributors to the Black Jaguar Foundation. He donated his time and talent to design and sculpture a magnificent black jaguar statue for the BJF and reproduces 600 unique versions of it! All 600 are individually handcrafted for TheLast600 campaign.

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