Four marine ARTISTS
Gray painting in his studio.
Bodo sculpting in his studio.
Feldmesser painting in his studio.
Welcome to the Gallant Gallery. A website deciated to beautiful marine life art and conservation. Our artists are known throughout the marine community for their incredible talents. Over the last ten years, the gallery has worked with some of the best names in the marine industry.
ADRIAN E. GRAY
Marine artist and underwater photographer Adrian E. Gray, and avid fisherman, was born and raised on the southeast coast of South Africa where he was first exposed to the marvels of marine life as a very small child. The vast ocean and its tidal pools were just a short walk from home where his parents, Edwin and Kate, raised gray and his sister. “I used to plow through tidal pools for hours upon hours, plucking and feeling and looking at everything that inhabited those shallows”, said Gray. “That’s where the fascination began”, Gray explains. Ocean life became the subject matter of countless school assignments as well as drawings. In the 1980s, Adrian went to school in New York and learned to fish Long Island Sound for striped bass and various local reservoirs for trout. He later settled in Miami, Florida. After graduating with a degree in marine sciences from the University of Miami he held a few jobs related to his field. Living in South Florida had a significant impact on Gray and fueled his passion for fishing even more. “Tarpon, snook, permit, bonefish, sailfish, swordfish, dolphin – I couldn’t get enough of it”, said Gray. Currently, Gray works at the International Game Fish Association in Dania Beach, Florida, creating and producing the organization’s multimedia materials, including its world famous World Record Game Fishes yearbook and International Angler magazine. Gray also serves as the organization’s in-house photographer, videographer and website support. As odd as it may seem, Gray never took any formal art or photography training and is essentially self-taught. He started off by sketching fish and photographing them for fun. A friend recognized talent in Gray and gave him paints and an easel to express his passion for fish – the rest is history.
Bodo Muche was born in Saxony, Germany. A boyhood spent exploring Germany’s forests with his entomologist father, began a life long fascination with nature. Cultural Influences from his home city of Dresden fused his passion for nature with the arts. Trained under the masters of the Museum of Natural History, Berlin, his studies included zoological science, anatomy, art history and design, as well as all phases of sculpture. Inspiration was ignited by the 17th Century French school of naturalistic artists, "Les Animaliers". He departed Berlin, gaining his degree from Freiberg University, Black Forest. Thereafter, began many years of travels and scientific expeditions throughout Africa. Residence and studios in Tanzania and Botswana over seventeen years provided a wealth of experience in all elements of sculpture, whilst fulfilling a passion to explore the wilderness. “It was during this time the sight of a free jumping Sailfish off the coast of the Seychelles Islands inspired my first sculpture of a game fish.” said Bodo. Bodo Muche shares a passion for conservation of marine resources and has been honored as IGFA Artist of the Year. He has partnered with the IGFA over many years and was commissioned to create major awards for the duration of the IGFA Offshore World Championship. Annual Winners of the IGFA Great Marlin Race currently receive a Bodo Muche trophy. “Bodo’s highly coveted works are handcrafted and the detail is exquisite. They are sought after not only by Champions but collectors around the world.” said Rob Kramer, President IGFA. Bodo and his wife Robyn have two daughters and three grandchildren. Bodo Muche Studio - Foundry is located in Queensland, Australia. Bodo and Robyn Muche's home and studio is located at "Mt Glenhowden" in Queensland, Australia. Home and travels continue to provide inspiration for his development as a contemporary naturalistic artist.
Alan Feldmesser is quickly becoming recognized as one of todays leading marine wildlife artists in the medium of oil paint. Combining his love for nature, marine life, scuba diving, underwater photography, and his unsurpassed technical ability to capture the details of our surroundings, has lead to a very unique style of realism within the marine wildlife art world. Alan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting from Syracuse University. While there, he studied under Jerome Witkin, who is recognized as one of the most formidable contemporary figurative painters in the world. After college he apprenticed with renowned portrait painter Ralph Wolfe Cowan for several years before opening his own studio. For 17 years he taught Painting and Drawing, first at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and later at a prestigious private high school in Broward County, Florida where he developed their painting and drawing curriculum that is still implemented today. He offers a variety of fine art Gicleés that are signed and numbered limited editions of his work, apparel, and his original oil paintings on canvas. To help preserve the place he loves the most, the ocean, he donates a portion of the proceeds collected here at Under the Sea, LLC to various reef, fish, marine wildlife, and ocean conservation groups.
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