Fine-art Giclée print on Italian cold-press watercolor paper
20 x 16 Inches
Limited Edition of 50
Signed & numbered
Printed with ♥ by Paragon Press
"Pania of the Reef" highlights the importance of coral reef conservation and the issue of ocean acidification (OA).
OA is the ongoing decrease in the pH value of our oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the ocean has absorbed approximately one-third of the CO2 we have produced. This has caused an increase of 30% in surface ocean acidity. It is estimated that if we continue to emit CO2 emissions at this rate, ocean acidity may increase 100-150% percent more, relative to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
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"Pania of the Reef is a legendary protector of the reef in local Maori folklore and is believed to live in the waters off the coast of Napier, New Zealand. Earlier this year, I collaborated with PangeaSeed Foundation's Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program and painted a large scale mural about Pania in Napier. Due to man-made climate concerns, specifically, the rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere, the acidity levels of our oceans have risen and continue to rise at alarming rates killing the planet's reefs and the delicate ecosystems around them. Pania is depicted floating defiant and hopeful over her baron reef despite the fact that she herself is dissolving from the acidification of the ocean." - James Bullough
James Bullough is an American born artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. His paintings and huge monumentally scaled site-specific murals are phenomenal combinations of realist painting technique and graphic punctuation. Inspired by gritty urban graffiti as a young artist growing up in Washington, DC, Bullough harnessed its energy in his work and perfected a realistic oil painting technique from his study of the Old Masters. Combining the momentum of the one and the technical precision of the other, his work is about staging compelling contrasts and juxtapositions. Working in everything from oil, spray paint and ink on canvas, Bullough’s paintings strike a balance between realistic figurations and stylized interruption. Disjointing the realistic elements with graphic areas and fractured or striated planes, Bullough intends to challenge the viewer’s perception.