"I think you're fin-tastic!"
It's easy to feel threatened by sharks (when you're in the water) but we think it's time to appreciate them for who they are. Today we are doing so by gathering a collection of artwork to celebrate Shark Awareness Day (14th July) to present this creature in its true glory. Here are our top 3 favourites!
We've chosen a large piece of artwork by Francesca Page as our first example as she intends to showcase the current survival challenge faced by sharks.
Her '90 seconds catch' painting is full of detail and meaning and we love how it shows not just one but an entire school of sharks. This artwork was created using watercolours, ink and coloured pencils and measures 1.5 x 2m. Consisting of nearly 300 sharks, the painting was completed in roughly one month and has been showcased at the Camberwell College of Arts degree show 2017.
Francesca's stunning piece is inspired by shocking statistics suggesting that on average 300 sharks are killed every 90 seconds for fin soup! This has resulted in 11,000 sharks being killed every hour and in over just a few decades, 90% of the world's shark population has been wiped out.
'90 SECONDS CATCH!'
by Francesca A. Page
Next we have Damien Hirst who has always been a design inspiration for The New English. We especially love this unusual piece by Damien, 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991' as it breaks the boundaries and almost encourages individuals to 'face their fears'. This shark has been preserved in formaldehyde in a vitrine and still appears to be alive due to its open jaws. We just love how it appears to be floating in water!
'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991'
by Damien Hirst
Finally we have our in-house design, the 'Great White Shark' by talented designer Paul Bishop. Paul's 'Great White Shark' is a large and lively portrait of the bold creature, measuring 3.5 x 3.2m and made in Stoke-on-Trent using finest English Bone China. This 120 plate art installation is 'massive' and may take people by surprise by creating curiosity and speculation just like the real character itself. Previously speaking to The New English, Paul explained that he was inspired to create this piece after watching a nature programme reflecting on the misconception of sharks 'killing people' and by Damien Hirst's iconic shark.
'Great White Shark' (£3,120)
by Paul Bishop
We hope that we have inspired you with our selection of shark artwork. Comment below on your favourite or share your own shark art inspiration. Have a great day !