Whale Shark with Tuna and Bait Ball - original oil painting on stretched linen canvas by Christian Turner


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Original oil on stretched linen canvas, 30" x 40" (76cm x 101cm).
Another painting inspired by awe-inspiring natural phenomena, this picture depicts a bait ball, consisting of anchovies, being fed upon by a school of yellowfin tuna and a whale shark - the largest fish in the ocean. What I have tried to do in this painting, much like in "The Sardine Run," is to try to capture all of the key events of the feeding frenzy in one image. For example: the bait fish swarming about the whale shark so as to make the tuna more cautious of an approach; the bait fish being forced towards the surface as the tuna pick at them in a seemingly cyclonic formation; and finally the whale shark making its own surprise attack. This means some artistic licence has been taken with the reality of events, but I think the overall composition benefits from the decision. The informality of the piece's name comes from having difficulty giving it a more serious name that wasn't so long-winded and technical, and the aptness of the title, informality aside, cannot be denied.
This picture is currently unframed but is fitted with a cord for easy hanging.
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