Artists for BLUE

35 international artists focus on the wonder of the high seas to raise money for the Blue Marine Foundation

35 international artists focus on the wonder of the high seas to raise money for the Blue Marine Foundation

“Scientists, like artists, have a deep and often intuitive understanding of the natural world that comes from close and continued observation. What makes this show so exciting is not only how many insights are shared, despite the different approaches to subject matter, but that both inspire a greater love for our oceans. Together, they remind us that when you love something, your instinct is to protect it.”

Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), the charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing, has joined forces with artist and BLUE Ambassador Andrea Hamilton to present a new exhibition featuring 33 lauded artists and their responses to that most precious and fundamental of elements: water.

Curated by Nico Kos Earle, the thought-provoking and intuitive works in the show offer a range of media, from bronze sculptures and oil paintings to cyanotypes, photograms and LED light-based works, reflecting an ongoing connection to, and observation of, the ocean. Many of the artists live in coastal towns and create works in response to climate change and over fishing.

Andrea Hamilton herself has been observing the ocean in its many moods for more than 20 years,from the Water Works series to her new pieces which take inspiration from an extraordinary,
expansive catalogue of seascapes: water and sky observed and shot in natural light. At the heart of this oeuvre is a completely new colour system: A Nomenclature of Seachroma, the first-ever library of natural sea colour, created entirely from raw, non-Photoshopped digital files. Hamilton has sought to capture the maximum chromatic variation in one place, rigorously documenting the tonal changes of air, water and light, and capturing moments of transcendence: colours that resonate with the human soul. In Horizon Bursts, Hamilton plays with the natural horizon line as a point of visual and mental focus, pulling us into a nexus of energy.

Other notable artists include Chris Levine, whose lenticular of The Queen remains one of the most iconic portraits of royalty. Specially for the show, Levine has created a uniquely coloured ‘Blipvert’ which can only be seen with peripheral vision. Celebrated sculptor Hamish Mackie’s monumental ammonite remind us that the sea has been with us – and vital for survival – since Jurassic times. Internationally-acclaimed Belgian sculptor Koen Vanmechelen’s work explores the interplay between art, science and philosophy, while Deborah Tarr’s sumptuous abstracts have the same meditative power as a wild, rolling sea. Meanwhile Nancy Cadogan, fresh from a sell-out show at the Saatchi Gallery, examines the power of the sea inside our minds. For full details on all art and artists,

Please contact Poppy Wetherill: poppy@bluemarinefoundation.com

Proceeds from the show will be split equally between artists and BLUE.

The exhibition is aimed at supporting the high seas, the vast area of the ocean which is beyond national jurisdiction and considered by the UN to be ‘the common heritage of mankind’. Clare
Brook, BLUE CEO, says, “The high seas play a vital role in absorbing the heat from man-made climate change and in providing the oxygen we need to breathe. But a healthy and climate-resilient
ocean is one filled with natural life. Protecting the biodiversity of these vast areas is therefore vital for the future of humanity. Yet it is being ravaged by industrial-scale fishing and deep-sea mining, including at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge’s field of underwater chimneys that scientists believe is where life on Earth began.”

On 6 November BLUE will host a THINK-IN, featuring Head of Policy Adrian Gahan, Head of Development Dan Crockett and Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Callum Roberts, plus Hamilton
and two other artists (TBC). The group will discuss the wonders of the high seas and BLUE’s work on securing a UN treaty to secure protection of these huge and wonderful areas. The discussion will be widened out to the artists and how they are inspired by the subject of the ocean, what it means to them and how art can help inspire the world to protect its natural heritage.

Full artist list
Azadeh Ghotbi, Andrea Hamilton, Alice Wilson, Amy Robson, Angela Palmer, Carol Bruton, Clare Smith, Chris Levine, Corinne Corbett-Thompson, Dawn Dudek, Deborah Tarr, Dede Johnston,
Dominic Beattie, Dominique Gerolini, Xie Rong (Echo Morgan), Emilia Sunyer, Emma Levine, Emma Witter, Ewan Mcclure, Ginny Pavry, Hamish Mackie, Helen Barff, Helen Lindon, Joanna Jones,
Katharine Beaugie, Katharine Earle, Koen Vanmechelen, Lara Faroqhi, Loredana Nemes, Nancy Cadogan, Phillip Hunt, Renelio Marin, Simon Allison, Suzette Bross, and Vanessa Konig.

Further information
For the full catalogue of artists, and sales please contact: Poppy Wetherill: poppy@bluemarinefoundation.com

For full information on artists, images and interviews please contact: Nico Kos Earle: Nkos@artbastion.com

Artists for BLUE
4 November-12 December
68 Kinnerton Street, London, SW1X 8ER
Opening hours: By appointment.

Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is working to solve the crisis in the oceans through providing innovative solutions to overfishing, and enabling the creation of marine reserves. Although BLUE is a small NGO it punches above its weight, achieving a huge amount for the oceans in a short period of time. BLUE fills a niche in the NGO world, enabling marine conservation to happen fast and effectively, seizing opportunities in persuasion, innovations, awareness, connections and partnerships. In 2014 BLUE won NGO of the Year in the People Environment Achievement (PEA) awards. In 2015 it won four more awards, recognising it was ‘getting results where they matter most’.
www.bluemarinefoundation.com

Andrea Jarvis Hamilton is a fine-art photographer known for her monumental lightboxes of natural phenomena like icebergs and seascapes and for her candid portraits of London's creative
personalities. Her work encompasses several photographic genres including portraiture, street photography and landscape, and questions subjects as varied as the nature of time, climate change, identity and place. Hamilton has been short-listed for several notable photography prizes including the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, Chantel Paul’s Honorable Mention at The Centre for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the 9th Arte Laguna Prize and the Judges Choice at the AOP Open Awards 2013.
www.andreahamilton.com