Dave Kinsey was born in Pittsburgh in 1971 and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institute of Atlanta before moving to California in 1994 to pursue a career as a designer and fine artist.
His work captures the universal essence of the human condition mainly through an energetic portrayal of urban figures. Working spontaneously, and utilizing a range of mediums, he constructs multi-layered, textured environments easily likened to the complexities of contemporary life. His portraits depict beings who are both triumphant in their defiant stance to their surroundings, and tragic, as they transmit a visual display of raw emotion and jangled nerves.
The style and substance of his body of work originates in street art, and in keeping with his goal "to expose as many people to art as possible and to honor the power art has when it's created and accepted", Kinsey founded BLK/MRKT Gallery (now Kinsey/DesForges) in 2001, allowing him to provide a crossroads for a new movement of young and electrifying iconoclasts.
In addition to these pursuits his fine art has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide, among these a recent exhibition at the URBIS Museum in Manchester and Art Brussels in Belgium. He has also been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Black Book, The Washington Post and BLK/MRKT One and Two, and invited to speak at numerous institutions such as The Art Center College of Design, UCLA, Montserrat College of Art and most recently, the Semi-Permanent conference in Sydney, Australia.
The Atlantic bluefin tuna is one of the biggest, fastest, and most gorgeously colored of all the world's fishes. Their torpedo-shaped, streamlined bodies are designed for speed and endurance. Their coloring, metallic blue on top and shimmering silver-white on the bottom, helps camouflage them from above and below. Their voracious appetite and varied diet pushes their average size to a whopping 550 pounds (250 kilograms) and 6.5 feet (2 meters) in length, although much larger specimens are not uncommon.
Unfortunately for the species however, bluefin meat also happens to be regarded as surpassingly delicious, particularly among sashimi eaters, and overfishing throughout their range has driven their numbers to critically low levels.
Atlantic bluefins are warm-blooded, a rare trait among fish, and are comfortable in the cold waters off Newfoundland and Iceland, as well as the tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea, where they go each year to spawn. They are among the most ambitiously migratory of all fish, and some tagged specimens have been tracked swimming from North American to European waters several times a year.
Bluefins attain their enormous size by gorging themselves almost constantly on smaller fish, crustaceans, squid, and eels. They will also filter-feed on zooplankton and other small organisms and have even been observed eating kelp. The largest tuna ever recorded was an Atlantic bluefin caught off Nova Scotia that weighed 1,496 pounds (679 kilograms).
Bluefin tuna have been eaten by humans for centuries. However, in the 1970s, demand and prices for large bluefins soared worldwide, particularly in Japan, and commercial fishing operations found new ways to find and catch these sleek giants. As a result, bluefin stocks, especially of large, breeding-age fish, have plummeted, and international conservation efforts have led to curbs on commercial takes. Nevertheless, conservation groups urge illegal fishing in Europe has pushed the Atlantic bluefin populations there to the brink of extinction.
You can help save blue fin tunas
Donate to organization working to raise awareness and research such as PangeaSeed, Tuna Research & Conservation Center and World Wildlife Fund.
Advocate stronger global and regional action to protect bluefin tuans and other threatened marine species.
Support the establishment and protection of open-ocean marine protected areas (MPAs).
Recommend ecotourism and experience these fish in their natural environment - but remember to look and DO NOT touch these threatened animals. This offers sustainable monetary alternatives to destructive fishing methods.
Avoid eating dishes containing bluefin tuna such as sushi and look for sustainably caught fish if you choose to consume marine life.
Think twice before you buy. Do not support the trade of threatened ocean animal products and try to reduce your carbon footprint.
Educate yourself, friends and family on the issues facing bluefin tunas and other endangered ocean animals. Act NOW if you wish to save our seas.