MA'ALAEA, MAUI, HI -- World renowned artist Robert Lyn Nelson will present a dramatic oil and acrylic painting, Imperiled Leviathan, along with other recent works, at World Whale Day on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Kalama Park in Kihei. The event takes place from 9 am to 7 pm. Admission is free.
The 48" x 48" painting, depicting underwater whales and dolphins is priced at $100,000, with the full sale price to be donated to Pacific Whale Foundation to support whale research, marine education programs for children and conservation efforts.
Sale of the Painting and Limited Edition Posters will Benefit Pacific Whale Foundation's Research, Education and Conservation Programs.
Because Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit, 501 (c )(3) charitable organization, donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Robert Lyn Nelson is Hawaii’s most well known and most highly honored artist. His original 1979 painting, "Two Worlds," initiated The Modern Marine Art Movement, considered a new artistic genre.
Robert Lyn Nelson 's work pioneered this new genre and provided inspiration to other artists. This art was the first art form to bring worldwide attention to the importance of environmental preservation, carving a political and historical niche for him.
"Thirty five years ago, Robert Lyn Nelson utilized his artistic talents to support environmental causes locally, nationally, and internationally," says Greg Kaufman, founder and Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation. "He was the first modern American artists to do so."
"Robert Lyn Nelson was a strong supporter of Pacific Whale Foundation, donating paintings and posters to help support our work," says Kaufman. "He attended many World Whale Day celebrations, selling and signing posters and donating the proceeds to Pacific Whale Foundation. We are delighted and honored that he will be part of our 34th World Whale Day celebration."
Robert Lyn Nelson is the youngest American artist to be honored with a solo show at the Smithsonian Institute. He was honored and commissioned by the Cousteau Society and maintains a deep relationship with Jean Michel Cousteau.
In 1997 Vice President Al Gore bestowed the NOAA Environmental Hero Award to Robert Lyn Nelson, personally thanking him for the services he has performed to protect and preserve the environment.
Five US presidents collect(ed) and display(ed) his works in their homes and in the White House and his originals and limited editions are owned by hundreds of celebrities and rock stars.
"Robert’s success in the early 1980’s helped to put Maui on the map as a premier art destination," says Jonathan Todd, host of Maui Fine Art Radio. "The popularity of his ocean artworks has also paved the way for other artists to share their talents and love for the environment."
"The marine art movement has received world-wide attention and continues to be collected among art collectors, conservationists, and the general public," says Todd.
Established in 1980, Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting whales and our oceans through science and advocacy. The organization conducts and supports whale research in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador and Chile, and also conducts studies of odontocetes off Maui and Lana'i. To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation, please visit www.pacificwhale.org. For more information about World Whale Day, please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.