SHARK!: A Preview of an Artistic Tribute To The Ancient Apex Predators of the Deep

_Millennia before humans first appeared on this planet, sharks were cutting their way through Earth's seas. They come in all shapes and sizes and are found in every ocean in the world as well as in many rivers and lakes. A major multimedia art exhibition, SHARK!, organized by the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and curated by acclaimed wildlife artist, author and environmentalist Richard Ellis, brings together art and science in documenting the fascination people have with these apex predators of the sea. In addition to drawings and paintings, the exhibition contains photos, sculptures, and video as well as a section devoted to the sensational impact of the 1975 film_ Jaws_. Ellis was good enough to give us these photos of pieces from the exhibition, which opens in May, as a sneak peak. For more information on the exhibit, click here._ Stanley Meltzoff
LEMON SHARK AND RAY (1992)
18"x22" This Meltzoff classic first ran in Field & Stream, and will now highlight the upcoming SHARK exhibit at the Ft. Lauderdale Art Museum SHARK! Two iconic paintings of sharks doing battle with their undersea foes by Meltzoff will be the touchstones of SHARK! Meltzoff is widely viewed as the first and still foremost painter of game fish in their natural settings. Neither painting has been on public display since Meltzoff's death six years ago. Born in Brooklyn in 1917, his career included four years as a Stars and Stripes newspaper correspondent during WWII, postwar teaching at the prestigious Pratt Institute of Art in New York, and many decades as a highly successful commercial artist and illustrator.
Stanley Meltzoff
Mako and swordfish with cyalumes
(Oil on canvas, 31 x 48 inches)
Courtesy of Mike Rivkin, Silverfish Press As an early and enthusiastic SCUBA diver, Meltzoff secured a commission from Sports Illustrated in 1960 to do a series of game fish paintings unlike anything ever done before. His dramatic and incredibly detailed pictures of striped bass, bluefish, sailfish, and other species proved to be breathtaking and set an impossibly high bar for other artists. Repeatedly honored throughout his career, Meltzoff's death in 2006 stilled a brush that will never be equaled.
Stanley Meltzoff
Mako and Broadbill with Sea Arrows (squid)
(Oil on canvas, 30 x 43 inches)
Courtesy of Mike Rivkin, Silverfish Press Elsewhere, original art by Stanley Meltzoff can be seen as part of ART OF THE DIVE, a multi-media exhibition curated by David Wagner that will open March 24th at The Wildlife Experience Museum in Denver, Colorado. A one-man Meltzoff show also opens at the American Museum of Illustration in New York on June 7. SHARK! will open at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art on May 13 and run until November 4.
John Singleton Copley
American, Boston, Massachusetts 1738-1815 London_
Watson and the Shark_
American, ca. 1778 Oil on canvas 24 7/8 x 30 1/8 in. (63.2 x 76.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Gordon Dexter, 1942
42.71.1 Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art Although the attribution to Copley has been questioned, this may be a rapid study made after the first of three or more versions of this subject painted by Copley beginning around 1778. The original version, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1778. A second version is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a third dated 1782 is in the Detroit Institute of Arts. The narrative depicts Brook Watson's (1735-1807) boyhood loss of a leg to a shark while swimming in the harbor of Havana in 1749. Although Watson would later become lord mayor of London, Copley furthered the revolutionary trend in history painting by depicting an ordinary man in the midst of an extraordinary event of no great historical importance.
Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910** **
The Gulf Stream
Oil on canvas, ca. 1899
Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Pascal Lecocq
Corrida
Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Adam Straus
Swimming with Sharks
(Diptych, oil on canvas, 70 x 96 inches)
Nohra Haime Gallery, New York City
Don Ray****
Leap of Faith

Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches
Courtesy Don and Loraine Ray
Judy Cotton
Shark's fin soup
Oil on canvas, 60 x 36 inches
Collection Yale Kneeland III
Guy Harvey
"Eye of the Tiger"
Acrylic on canvas, 51 x 41 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Richard Ellis
Chain dogfish
(Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches)
Courtesy of Jonathan Snow
Roger Kastel
Original for JAWS paperback
Oil on board, 32 x 28 inches
Courtesy of Roger Kastel
Robert Longo
Shark
Charcoal on mounted paper, 88 x 70 inches
Courtesy of Robert Longo Studio
Julie Bell
Steel Beast
Oil on board, 18 x 18 inches
Courtesy of Julie Bell
Stuart Peterman
Great White Shark
Hand-hammered Stainless Steel, 84 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Victor Douieb
Hammerhead
Stainless steel, 29 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Ptolemy Erlington
Great White
Hubcaps, length 6.5 feet
Courtesy of the artist
Kitty Wales
Stella and Maris
Steel, expanded metal, length: 8 feet
Courtesy Kitty Wales
Damien Hirst
Tiger shark jaw Multiple
Gagosian Gallery, New York City

_Millennia before humans first appeared on this planet, sharks were cutting their way through Earth's seas. They come in all shapes and sizes and are found in every ocean in the world as well as in many rivers and lakes.

A major multimedia art exhibition, SHARK!, organized by the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and curated by acclaimed wildlife artist, author and environmentalist Richard Ellis, brings together art and science in documenting the fascination people have with these apex predators of the sea. In addition to drawings and paintings, the exhibition contains photos, sculptures, and video as well as a section devoted to the sensational impact of the 1975 film_ Jaws_.

Ellis was good enough to give us these photos of pieces from the exhibition as a sneak peak. SHARK! opens on May 13.

For more information on the exhibit, click here._