Because of improved technology, painters can get a better glimpse under the sea, opening new vistas for marine art. Marine life can be beautiful if painted by a talented artist. Several paintings by famous artists depict the mysterious life beneath the water's surface.
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"Rest of the Warrior"
"Rest of the Warrior" is by Carlos Serra-Marchal, a conservationist known for painting dolphins and turtles. It depicts a large turtle lying on the beach with a double rainbow in the sky behind him. As in many of Serra-Marchal's paintings, the island of Hawaii is present in the background as well. This painting was created to demonstrate that a warrior is more than one human killing another in war. The artist proclaims the turtle a warrior as it fights the tides, natural predators and the extinction of its species. In this painting, the warrior turtle has found a quiet place to rest.
Perhaps the most famous marine wildlife paintings are the Whaling Walls. These are enormous murals painted onto the sides of buildings all over the world. The artist, known simply as Wyland, painted his first Whaling Wall in 1981 in California. He set a goal of painting 100 walls by 2011, and achieved it in 2008 with a mural in China. His famous murals are in 27 countries and on four continents.They may include as many as three whales, as well as stingrays, tropical fish and dolphins. Wyland has used the fame generated by his popular paintings to promote his conservation goals.
"Paradise Found," a famous painting by David Miller, demonstrates the "above and below" technique for which he is known. This technique shows both the sky and beneath the sea in the same portrait. In this painting, dolphins play above and below the surface. Brightly coloured fish swim at the bottom of the painting swim away from the playing predators. Above the surface, the background is a paradise archipelago, where waterfalls are abundant and tropical birds watch the dolphins play in the waves.
"Dance des Dolphins"
"Danse des Dolphins," French for "Dance of the Dolphins," by Christian Riese Lassen, shows the beauty of nature. This famous painting portrays an adult dolphin dancing with two baby dolphins, presumably her offspring, against a background of vivid pink, orange and purple. The painting illustrates the beauty of nature in its element, suggesting that humans should fight to preserve it. Lassen painted "Danse des Dolphins" in the traditional Dutch style of glazing.
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