Artist's description:

I've always been fascinated by sharks. Even as a kid, I remember doing a show and tell titled "The Scariest Monsters of the Sea." The movie Jaws was only a few years old at the time and still had its grip and influence on the entire world - myself included. The older I became, the more I learned. I started to see them not as monsters, but as one of natures most perfect creations. Virtually unchanged for millions of years, sharks are truly modern day dinosaurs. Essential to the delicate balance and overall health of the sea and the planet, it's encouraging that their numbers are bouncing back after severe overfishing, sport contests, and needless mass killings for their fins. When I sat down to paint Night Swimming, I wanted to capture the beauty of the widely feared Great White in a surrealistic type setting. While keeping the image focused, simple, and mysterious - capturing the "night" vibe was crucial. As a result, that part of the work took over a year to finish. I'd paint a little then set it aside - then paint over what I'd done - then set aside. It was fun and frustrating at the same time but I think I finally got there. Once the final version of the background, ocean and light fragments dried, the shark itself (and her two companions) was painted over the course of two days. DeVinci once supposedly said "art is never finished, only abandoned." I now fully understand what he meant.

Materials used:

oil

Night Swimming (2016)

$860

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This artwork is sold by Robert Selvaggio from United States

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