Fine art Giclée print on cold-press watercolor paper
16 x 20 Inches Limited Edition of 75
Signed & numbered
Printed with ♡ by Paragon Press
Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery
"Red Reef" highlights coral reefs, the rainforests of the sea. While coral reefs cover less than 1% of Earth's surface, they provide a sheltered home to about 25% of marine fish species. However, in the past 50 years, the health of the world's reefs has declined significantly due to human-induced changes such as rising sea temperatures and increasingly acidic waters. It is estimated that 58% of the world's coral reefs are potentially threatened by human activity and that More than 80% of the world's shallow reefs are severely over-fished.
"I first met Tre' from PangeaSeed in 2009 when he contacted me about collaborating on a project to help bring awareness to the plight of sharks as a result of the shark finning industry. Coincidentally, I had just watched Shark Water and was very livid about this egregious issue that was mainly under the radar of the general public—the decimation of the shark population that was in the tens of millions. At that moment I felt compelled to try and help in some way and Tre connected with me at the opportune moment. From that point on a friendship and collaborative effort ensued.
Fast forward 7 years and thru various projects, Tre' presented me with the idea of creating an original piece of art that would be made into a print to help bring awareness to the beauty of coral, but more importantly to shed light on what’s at stake from the loss of our reefs as a result of human-related activities mixed with climate change. For me, this presented a challenge in how I would go about creating something beautiful that also conveyed a sense of desperation. After months of trying to understand how best to go about that, Red Reef came to life. I was honored to create this original painting to help us all better understand the beauty of what’s beneath our seas and in return prompt us as a human race to assist in any way we can to protect these amazing underwater forests."
- Dave Kinsey
Yesnik Evad aka Dave Kinsey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1971 and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Atlanta before moving to California in 1994 to pursue a career as a designer and fine artist. His work attempts to capture the universal essence of the human condition mainly through a symbolic portrayal of contemporary life. Utilizing a range of mediums, he constructs multi-layered, textured environments that echo the complexities of our existence. His fine art has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide and has been featured in local and international print and online publications from The New York Times and Washington Post to Hypebeast. Among many varied art and design accomplishments, Yesnik was recently selected to participate in an international Absolut artist campaign leading to the commissioned design of a signature Absolut Vodka bottle in 2013.
In 1997 Yesnik founded the design studio BLK/MRKT, working with clients such as Nike, Apple and DC Shoes. In 2002, the company expanded to add a fine art space BLK/MRKT Gallery and BLK/MRKT Editions. In 2010 Yesnik relocated to the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Los Angeles to pursue painting full-time for 5 years returning back to LA in 2015.