The deep sea Ghost Shark boldly displays the wonderful unknown of our oceans.
The thick layered paint displays his playful appearance with ‘smiles’ of pores for his electroreceptor cells. The skin seems stitched like a scientific creation by Dr. Frankenstein or a sports ball.
Chimeras are a diverse group of fish with so many distinctive features and colours. Although often grey or silver I have found images of deep browns reminiscent of an old leather ball. It is only with the generosity of scientific endeavours that we can see the film footage and get a sense of life in the deeps.
I have tried to convey the sweeping ray like movement of its fins and the flashlight appearance out of the darkest blue. Deep sea LED lights are incredible at revealing life but I was keen to retain the sense that this creature lives in the dark and once the flash light has revealed its peculiarities, it’ll be consumed by the dark again.
Acrylic on Linen
18 x 24 cm