MAUI CELTIC OCEAN © Hamish Burgess 2009.
Signed and numbered Limited Edition Giclée print of 300 on water-colour paper, in 2 sizes: 4 x 16 inches, and 7.5 x 30 inches, plus both have a white unprinted border.
Original modern Celtic art by Hamish Burgess, this is a re-work of a painting on glass from 2004, spurred on by several requests to put it onto canvas and then make prints. This is quite different to the earlier glass piece, with the whole image changed for a wider canvas, the animals moved, and different colours. The outlines are all in gold.
The theme is Hawaiian marine life, painted in a Celtic style, inspired by Hamish’s many years as a working scuba-diving instructor in the Caribbean, then Oahu and Maui, seeing these animals on a daily basis.
The piece depicts from the sky to the ocean floor, starting with the clouds and sun (featuring a triscele). Next is an Hawaiian spinner dolphin (Nai’a), jumping through the waves, and a humbpack whale (Kohola) with her calf.
The jellyfish is about to be pursued by a green sea turtle (Honu), with a manta ray (Hahalua) nearby, all made with Celtic knots. The reef features an octopus (He’e) interested in a pencil-slate urchin, a green moray eel (Puhi), a moorish idol (Kihikihi) and a trigger fish (Humuhumunukunukuapua’a) feeding on corals. Resting on the sand is a white-tipped reef shark (Mano). Even the Moorish Idol and the Triggerfish are made up of modern Celtic knots.
A smaller underwater scene, with just the whales and dolphin, is on my other piece Maui Celtacean.
All prints signed and numbered by the artist in pencil at the bottom.
The print you receive will not have the artist’s name across it, as in the photo. That is for internet viewing only.
Aloha and mahalo for looking.