Artist offers ‘significant reward’ for work stolen at Wickham exhibition

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AN ARTIST whose paintings were stolen from an exhibition in Wickham is offering a ‘significant reward’ for their return.

Morgane Antoine had three of her latest works worth £4,000 in total on display at Rookesbury Park Manor.

Song of Ice by Morgane Atoine

Song of Ice by Morgane Atoine

But burglars struck on Wednesday night taking her work in a haul of 12 paintings and nine sculptures of wildlife.

Ms Antoine, a French wildlife artist, told The News she is offering a reward for their return.

She said: ‘I was on my way from France when I received the terrible news and I couldn’t believe it.

‘I had put a lot of time, energy and passion in these three stolen paintings, they were major pieces of my latest artwork series and I had great hopes for them.

Contenders by Morgane Antoine

Contenders by Morgane Antoine

‘For that reason I am willing to offer a significant reward for the safe return of my paintings.’

Her three paintings that were taken are:

• Pantanal Shadow – 20x30ins, acrylic on canvas of a black jaguar.

• Song of Ice – 16x32ins, acrylic on canvas of a pack of Arctic wolves howling under the Northern Lights.

• Contenders – 16x16ins acrylic on canvas of two fighting zebras.

Police are continuing to investigate the thefts.

The exhibition, held by Southern Nature Art, is still going ahead and will see 95 artists display their work. It is free to attend today and tomorrow.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 44150297029.